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 launch commercial LTE services in Paris; SFR trials LTE-Advanced technology; 4G licence auction brings in 936 million; Bouygues allowed to reuse 1800MHz holdings for LTE; TDF abandons DVB-H for B2M; regulator market data to June 2013; operator data to Q2 2013; market developments to October 2013.