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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 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.

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 700MHz
3.3 Spectrum allocations
3.4 790-862MHz
3.5 900MHz
3.6 1800MHz
3.7 2.6GHz
3.8 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
5.4.4 Other players
5.5 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.6 Vodafone 360
5.7 Application stores
5.8 Femtocells
5.9 Mobile TV
5.9.1 Trials
5.9.2 Licensing
5.9.3 DVB-SH
5.9.4 Orange
5.9.5 SFR
5.9.6 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
6.5 Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
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 by sector 2007 - 2012
Table 4 Active 3G subscribers and annual change 2007 - 2013
Table 5 Annual growth of active 3G subscribers 2007 - 2013
Table 6 2.6GHz spectrum results Sep 2011
Table 7 SMS traffic volume (national) 2004 - 2013
Table 8 Annual SMS volume (national) 2003 - 2014
Table 9 SMS user market growth (national) 2002 - 2012
Table 10 Mobile multimedia users (metropolitan) 2004 2013
Table 11 Annual MMS volume 2000 - 2013
Table 12 Mobile data traffic 2008 - 2014
Table 13 Orange mobile broadband subscribers 2004 - 2011
Table 14 Orange mobile subscribers (France) 2005 - 2012
Table 15 Orange voice and data ARPU (Q4) 2005 2012
Table 16 Orange data revenue as % of total 2005 - 2012
Table 17 Orange mobile consumer revenue 2005 - 2012
Table 18 SFR revenue 2004 - 2012
Table 19 SFR annualised mobile ARPU 2005 - 2012
Table 20 SFR subscribers 2006 - 2012
Table 21 M2M cards in use 2010 - 2013
Table 22 Forecast UMTS subscriber growth 2010 - 2015
Table 23 Forecast mobile TV subscribers 2010 - 2015
Chart 1 Data market revenue 2003 2013
Chart 2 Active 3G subscribers and annual change 2007 - 2013
Chart 3 Quarterly SMS traffic volume; SMS/user/month (national) 2004 - 2013
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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