The French mobile phone market is one of the largest in Europe. The network operators Orange, SFR Group, Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile have invested in network infrastructure and technologies in recent years. LTE-A providing data at above 300Mb/s has extensive coverage, while both Orange and Bouygues Telecom are involved in 5G trials. The regulator has also been supportive, having in late 2017 started a procedure to allocate a portion of the 3.5GHz band for 5G in anticipation of that technology coming into commercial use from about 2018.
Competition among the MNOs and a large number of MVNOs has caused mobile services revenue to fall steadily. This pressure has encouraged operators to look to convergence and bundled services, and so expand their offerings beyond mobile voice and data.
This report provides key statistics and analyses on the French mobile voice and data market. It assess recent developments related to spectrum licensing and regulatory issues, and profiles the major players and MVNOs, providing statistics on their operating and financial performance as well as their strategies in an increasingly fierce competitive market.
Bouygues completes sale of 600 towers to Cellnex; SFR to be rebranded as Altice by mid-2018; Bouygues and SFR permitted to use 2.1GHz spectrum for LTE; Orange partners with Ericsson and Nokia to develop a path to 5G; Orange Group opens Orange Bank; regulator consults on revised guidelines for mobile network sharing; MNOs make progress on mobile dead zones coverage; regulator proposes mobile broadband use for 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz band spectrum; Bouygues Telecom completes sale of 500 towers on lease-back arrangement; MVNO market share increases to 10.7% of subscribers; Virgin Mobile merges operations with SFR; report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2017, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.