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France - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

France - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

The French mobile phone market is one of the largest in Europe, worth about 13 billion annually. 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 Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR have undertaken 5G trials. The development of 5G has also been supported by the regulator which intends to auction spectrum for 5G use in early 2019 in anticipation of services coming into commercial use later in the year.

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 assesses 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.

Key developments:

Regulator institutes revised spectrum coverage obligations;
Bouygues and SFR permitted to use 2.1GHz spectrum for LTE;
Orange partners with Ericsson and Nokia to develop a path to 5G, launches national LTE-M service;
Orange Group opens Orange Bank;
Regulator consults on revised guidelines for mobile network sharing;
Regulator progresses with 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum use for 5G;
MVNO market share increases to 11.1% of subscribers;
Virgin Mobile merges operations with SFR;
Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, SFR, Free Mobile, Bouygues Telecom, Virgin Mobile, Omea Telecom.


  • SYNOPSIS
  • MARKET ANALYSIS
    • Table Mobile sector investment – 2007 - 2017
    • Table Investment in 3G and LTE infrastructure – 2013 - 2017
  • MOBILE STATISTICS
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Mobile retail revenue – 1998 - 2018
      • Table Average monthly bill, ARPU - 2006 - 2017
      • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers (national, old format incl. M2M) and penetration rate – 1999 - 2014
      • Table Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate – 2013 - 2019
      • Table Mobile services traffic in minutes – 1998 - 2018
      • Table Mobile voice traffic in minutes by type (quarterly) –2006 - 2018
      • Table Annual mobile voice traffic by type – 2008 – 2018
      • Table Mobile operator market share – 2005 - 2016
      • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers (old format national, incl. M2M) –2005 – 2014
      • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers (national, excl. M2M) –2011 – 2018
      • Table Proportion of prepaid versus contract subscribers – 1999 - 2018
  • MOBILE INFRASTRUCTURE
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
      • Table Active LTE subscribers – 2014 - 2018
      • Bouygues Telecom
      • SFR
      • Orange
      • Free Mobile
        • Table Free Mobile LTE subscribers – 2014 – 2018
        • Table Free Mobile average LTE data use – 2015 – 2018
    • 3G
      • Table 3G base stations in service by operator – November 2017
      • Table Active 3G subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • GSM
      • Table 2G base stations in service by operator – November 2017
  • MACHINE-TO-MACHINE (M2M)
    • Table M2M cards in use – 2011 - 2018
    • Table Revenue from M2M cards – 2009 - 2018
  • MOBILE VOICE
    • VOICE-OVER-LTE (VOLTE)
  • MOBILE DATA
    • Table Data market revenue by type (historic) –2002 - 2012
    • Table Mobile data traffic (TB) –2008 - 2018
    • Table Average mobile data traffic per 3G/LTE subscriber – 2011 - 2017
    • Table Mobile data traffic from LTE networks – 2016 - 2018
    • Table Average mobile data traffic per mobile subscriber – 2011 - 2017
    • SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE (SMS)
      • Table SMS traffic volume (national) –2004 - 2018
      • Table Annual SMS volume (national) –2003 - 2018
    • MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING SERVICE (MMS)
      • Table Annual MMS volume – 2000 - 2018
  • MOBILE BROADBAND
    • Table Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2018
    • Table Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2018
  • FORECASTS – MOBILE SUBSCRIBERS – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • Table Forecast - mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
  • REGULATORY ISSUES
    • SPECTRUM REGULATIONS AND SPECTRUM AUCTIONS
      • GSM
      • 3G Licensing – round one
      • 700MHz
      • 800MHz
      • 2.6GHz
        • Table 2.6GHz spectrum results – Sep 2011
      • 900MHz
      • 1800MHz
      • 2.3GHz shared spectrum
      • 2.1GHz
      • 3.5Hz
      • Spectrum reassignment – November 2018
    • NETWORK SHARING
    • MOBILE TERMINATION RATES (MTRS)
      • Table Mobile termination charges – 2005 - 2013
      • Table Mobile interconnection revenue – 2003 - 2017
    • ROAMING
      • Table European roaming charges – 2007 – 2016
      • Table Mobile roaming out voice traffic – 2003 - 2018
      • Table European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
      • Table Annual mobile numbers ported – 2004 – 2018
  • MAJOR MOBILE OPERATORS
    • ORANGE
      • Table Orange mobile subscribers (France) –2005 - 2018
      • Table Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU (Q4) –2005 - 2017
      • Table Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPO (Q4) –2017 - 2018
      • Table Orange mobile revenue by type – 2011 - 2017
      • Table Orange mobile-only revenue (new style) –2016 - 2018
      • Table Orange mobile customer churn – 2003 – 2018
      • Table Orange mobile customer acquisition costs – 2007 - 2016
    • ALTICE FRANCE
      • Table SFR mobile annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2018
      • Table SFR revenue (historic) –2004 - 2013
      • Table SFR mobile revenue (under Altice) –2015 - 2018
      • Table SFR subscribers – 2006 - 2018
    • FREE MOBILE
      • Table Free Mobile mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2018
      • Table Free Mobile mobile revenue – 2012 - 2018
    • BOUYGUES TELECOM
      • Table Bouygues Telecom subscribers – 2005 - 2018
      • Table Bouygues Telecom mobile ARPU – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Bouygues Telecom financial data by type – 2005 - 2018
    • MVNOS
      • Table MNO and MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) –2005 - 2018
      • Table MVNO market share (metropolitan) –2005 - 2018
  • MOBILE CONTENT AND APPLICATIONS
    • M-PAYMENTS
    • M-BANKING
  • RELATED REPORTS

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