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France - Mobile Data Market Insights - 3G, 4G and Forecasts


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France - Mobile Data Market Insights - 3G, 4G and Forecasts -

The French mobile data market is one of the largest in Europe, being an increasingly important part of the overall market as consumers take up a variety of data services. Most investment from the three 3G network operators during the last two years has focussed on upgrading networks to provide HSPA and thus provide sufficient capacity to exploit consumer use of mobile data services. These numerous services have become more popular following the introduction of unlimited data offerings and the cheaper and more widespread availability of capable handsets. This report provides key statistics on the French mobile data market, including the growth of mobile data services such as SMS/MMS and mobile TV, and the status of network infrastructure such as HSPA and LTE. In the report we also provide an analysis on the major players and their strategies in an increasingly competitive market, as well as 3G and mobile TV forecasts to 2015.

Key developments:

Mobile data market revenue showing steady growth; MNO m-commerce platform Buyster takes shape; SFR extends HSPA+ coverage at 21Mb/s; SFR and Orange launches commercial LTE services in Paris; 4G licence auction brings in €936 million; Bouygues allowed to reuse 1800MHz holdings for LTE; TDF abandons DVB-H for B2M; regulator’s market data to September 2012; telcos’ operating and financial data to Q4 2012; market developments to March 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Orange, SFR, Free Mobile, Bouygues Telecom, Canal+.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of France’s mobile data services market
3. Mobile technologies
3.1 Third Generation (3G) mobile
3.1.1 Awards 2001
3.1.2 Award 2010
3.2 Spectrum allocations
3.3 790-862MHz
3.4 900MHz
3.5 1800MHz
3.6 2.6GHz
3.7 Network sharing
4. Mobile Messaging
4.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
4.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
5. Mobile data services
5.1 General Packet Radio Services (GPRS)
5.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.2.1 Orange
5.2.2 Société Française du Radiotéléphone (SFR)
5.2.3 Bouygues Telecom
5.3 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
5.4 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
5.4.1 Bouygues Telecom
5.4.2 SFR
5.4.3 Orange
5.5 iPhone
5.6 Android
5.7 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.8 i-mode
5.9 Vodafone 360
5.10 Application stores
5.11 Femtocells
5.12 Mobile TV
5.12.1 Trials
5.12.2 Licensing
5.12.3 DVB-SH
5.12.4 Orange
5.12.5 SFR
5.12.6 Canal+
6. Mobile content and applications
6.1 Location based services
6.2 Near Field Communication (NFC)
6.3 Mobile satellite services
6.4 Mobile VoIP
7. Forecasts
7.1 Forecasts – UMTS subscribers to 2015
7.2 Forecasts – Mobile TV subscribers to 2015
7.3 Notes on scenario forecasts
8. Related reports
Table 1 – Data market revenue – 2002 - 2013
Table 2 – Data as proportion of mobile service revenue – 2004 – 2013
Table 3 – Mobile services revenues annual change – Q3 2010 – Q3 2011
Table 4 – Mobile services revenues by sector – 2007 - 2011
Table 5 – 3G coverage and base stations – Feb 2011
Table 6 – Active 3G subscribers and annual change – 2007 - 2012
Table 7 – Annual growth of active 3G subscribers – 2007 - 2013
Table 8 – 2.6GHz spectrum results – Sep 2011
Table 9 – SMS traffic volume (national) – 2004 - 2012
Table 10 – Annual SMS volume – 2003 - 2013
Table 11 – SMS user market growth (national) – 2002 - 2012
Table 12 – Mobile multimedia users (metropolitan) – 2004 – 2013
Table 13 – Annual MMS volume – 2000 - 2012
Table 14 – Mobile data traffic – 2008 - 2013
Table 15 – Orange mobile broadband subscribers – 2004 - 2011
Table 16 – Orange mobile subscribers (France) – 2005 - 2012
Table 17 – Orange voice and data ARPU (Q4) – 2005 – 2012
Table 18 – Orange data revenue as % of total – 2005 - 2012
Table 19 – Orange mobile consumer revenue – 2005 - 2012
Table 20 – SFR mobile revenue – 2004 - 2012
Table 21 – SFR annualised mobile ARPU – 2005 - 2011
Table 22 – SFR subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Table 23 – Forecast UMTS subscriber growth – 2010 - 2015
Table 24 – Forecast mobile TV subscribers – 2010 - 2015
Chart 1– Data market revenue – 2003 – 2013
Chart 2 – Active 3G subscribers and annual change – 2007 - 2012
Chart 3 – Quarterly SMS traffic volume; SMS/user/month (national) – 2004 - 2012
Chart 4 – Mobile multimedia users (metropolitan) – 2004 – 2013
Chart 5 – Orange mobile subscribers (France) – 2005 – 2012
Chart 6 – Orange voice and data ARPU (Q4) – 2005 – 2012
Chart 7 – SFR revenue – 2005 - 2012
Chart 8 – SFR subscribers – 2006 - 2012
Exhibit 1 – Operators GPRS and GPRS/WiFi launch dates

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