France - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts
The French mobile phone market is one of the largest in Europe, worth some 18.5 billion in 2008. Three network operators offer the full range of telephony and data services, while a growing number of MVNOs provide competition in the low-cost sector. France Telecom's Orange and the Vodafone-Vivendi-owned SFR dominate the market, while the third player Bouygues Telecom has won an increasing share of new subscribers since 2005, and has recently signed a number of prominent MVNO deals. All three network operators offer 3G services, while investment in HSPA and LTE upgrades has also spurred the development of the mobile broadband sector. A fourth 3G licensee, Free Mobile, launched commercial services in 2012, which has since placed great pressure on pricing among MNOs. This report provides key statistics on the French mobile market, including spectrum licensing and regulatory issues, as well as a profile of major players and their strategies in an increasingly fierce competitive market. It also provides ARPU forecasts to 2015.
SRF and Bouygues Telecom sign network sharing deal, covering 57% f the population; auction for 700MHz anticipated later in 2014; 4G available nationally; Vivendi negotiates to sell SFR to Altice Group; Bouygues Telecom joins the Telefónica Partners Program; Omea (Virgin Mobile) becomes the first full MVNO in France; MVNO market share stable; Virgin Mobile launches quad-play service; MNP process reduced to three days; Bouygues Telecom launches B&You mobile service; MTRs set to 2013 but EC challenges two-price policy; Bouygues Telecom buy's KPN's MVNO Simyo; femtocells create mesh networks; Orange launches low-cost brand; regulator market data to December 2013; operator data to Q4 2013; market developments to March 2014.