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 (owned by Altice Group), Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile have invested in network infrastructure and technologies in recent years. Services based on LTE have near universal coverage, while the network operators have undertaken extensive 5G trials and are looking to launch commercial services in the second half of 2020. This timing is being supported by the auction of spectrum in a range of bands.

Competition among the MNOs and a large number of MVNOs caused mobile services revenue to fall steadily until 2017, since when growth has been low but steady. Pressure on revenue 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:

Iliad sells its French tower portfolio to help fund 5G rollout;
Regulator approves 5G trial licences in the 26GHz band;
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;
Regulator consults on revised guidelines for mobile network sharing;
Regulator to make 1.5GHz spectrum available for 5G by 2022;
MVNO market share increases to 11.1% of subscribers;
Report update includes the regulators market data to June 2019, operator data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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


  • Synopsis
  • Market analysis
  • Mobile statistics
    • GENERAL STATISTICS
      • Table Developments in mobile retail revenue and network investment - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Development of investment in 3G and LTE infrastructure - 2013 - 2018
      • Table Decline in average monthly bill, ARPU - 2006 - 2019
      • Table Increase in the number of mobile subscribers and penetration rate - 2019 - 2024
      • Table Increase in the number of active mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Change in mobile market share of subscribers by MNO - 2016 - 2019
      • Table Change in the number of prepaid and contract subscribers (national, excl. M2M) - 2011 - 2019
      • Table Change in the proportion of prepaid versus contract subscribers - 2009 - 2019
  • Mobile infrastructure
    • 5G
    • 4G (LTE)
      • Table Change in the number of active 3G and LTE subscribers - 2007 - 2019
      • Bouygues Telecom
      • SFR
      • Orange
      • Free Mobile
        • Table Increase in the number of Free Mobile's LTE subscribers - 2014 - 2019
        • Table Free Mobile average LTE data use - 2015 - 2019
    • 3G
      • Table 3G base stations in service by operator - October 2019
    • GSM
      • Table 2G base stations in service by operator - October 2019
  • Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
    • Table Increase in the number of M2M cards in use - 2011 - 2019
    • Table Development of revenue from M2M cards - 2009 - 2019
  • Mobile voice
    • Table Growth in mobile voice traffic - 2009 - 2019
    • Table Growth in mobile voice traffic in minutes by type (quarterly) - 2006 - 2019
    • Table Growth in annual mobile voice traffic by type - 2008 - 2019
    • VOICE-OVER-LTE (VOLTE)
  • Mobile data
    • Table Growth in mobile data traffic - 2008 - 2019
    • Table Growth in average mobile data traffic per LTE subscriber - 2011 - 2019
    • Table Increase in average mobile data traffic per mobile subscriber - 2011 - 2019
    • SHORT MESSAGE SERVICE (SMS)
      • Table Change in SMS traffic volume (national) - 2004 - 2019
      • Table Decline in annual SMS traffic - 2003 - 2019
    • MULTIMEDIA MESSAGING SERVICE (MMS)
      • Table Growth in annual MMS traffic - 2003 - 2019
  • Mobile broadband
    • Table Growth in the number of active mobile broadband subscribers and penetration - 2009 - 2024
    • Table Change in the number of dedicated mobile broadband subscribers - 2007 - 2019
  • 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
      • 1.5GHz
      • 2.3GHz shared spectrum
      • 2.1GHz
      • 3.5Hz
      • Spectrum reassignment - November 2018
    • NETWORK SHARING
    • MOBILE TERMINATION RATES (MTRS)
    • ROAMING
      • Table Growth in mobile roaming out voice traffic - 2009 - 2019
    • MOBILE NUMBER PORTABILITY (MNP)
      • Table Change in the number of annual mobile numbers ported - 2009 - 2019
  • Major mobile operators
    • ORANGE
      • Table Change in the number of Orange's mobile subscribers - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Decline in Orange's ARPU and ARPO - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Change in Orange's mobile-only revenue (new style) - 2016 - 2019
      • Table Change in Orange's mobile customer churn - 2009 - 2019
    • ALTICE FRANCE
      • Table Change in SFR's mobile revenue (under Altice) - 2015 - 2019
      • Table Development of SFR's subscriber base by type - 2006 - 2019
    • FREE MOBILE
      • Table Growth in Free Mobile's mobile subscriber base - 2012 - 2019
      • Table Growth in Free Mobile's mobile revenue - 2012 - 2019
    • BOUYGUES TELECOM
      • Table Growth in Bouygues Telecom's mobile subscriber base - 2005 - 2019
      • Table Decline in Bouygues Telecom's mobile ARPU - 2007 - 2019
      • Table Development of Bouygues Telecom's financial data by type - 2005 - 2019
    • MVNOS
      • Table Orange MVNO subscribers - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Increase in the number of MNO and MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) - 2005 - 2019
      • Table Change in MVNO market share of subscribers (metropolitan) - 2005 - 2019
  • Mobile content and applications
    • M-PAYMENTS
    • M-BANKING
  • Appendix - Historic data
    • Table Data market revenue by type (historic) - 2002 - 2012
    • Table Historic - Mobile retail revenue - 1998 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile subscribers (national, old format incl. M2M) and penetration rate - 1999 - 2014
    • Table Historic - Annual mobile numbers ported - 2004 - 2009
    • Table Prepaid and contract subscribers (old format national, incl. M2M) - 2005 - 2014
    • Table Growth in Mobile voice traffic - 1998 - 2019
    • Table Historic - Mobile market share of subscribers by operator - 2005 - 2015
    • Table Historic - Proportion of prepaid versus contract subscribers - 1999 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Mobile interconnection revenue - 2003 - 2017
    • Table Historic - Mobile roaming out voice traffic - 2003 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Orange mobile revenue by type - 2011 - 2017
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