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France - Mobile Market Insights, Statistics and Forecasts


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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.

Key developments:

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.

Companies covered in this report include:

Orange, SFR, Free Mobile, Bouygues Telecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Overview of France's mobile market
2.1 Mobile statistics
2.2 Operator market shares
3. Regulatory issues
3.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
3.1.1 GSM
3.1.2 3G Licensing round one
3.1.3 3G Licensing round two
3.1.4 3G Licensing round three
3.1.5 900 and 1800MHz frequencies
3.1.6 Public Analogue Mobile Radio (PAMR)
3.1.7 700MHz
3.1.8 800MHz
3.1.9 2.6GHz
3.1.10 Network sharing
3.2 Mobile termination rates (MTR)
3.3 SMS interconnection
3.4 Roaming
3.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
3.6 Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC)
4. Mobile technologies
4.1 Digital
4.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
5. Major mobile operators
5.1 Orange
5.1.1 Network contracts
5.1.2 JV with Deutsche Telekom (DT)
5.2 SFR
5.2.1 Network contracts
5.3 Free Mobile
5.4 Bouygues Telecom
5.4.1 Network contracts
5.5 MVNOs
6. Mobile voice services
6.1 Prepaid
7. Forecasts
7.1 Forecasts mobile ARPU 2009-2015
7.2 Notes on scenario forecasts
8. Related reports
Table 1 Mobile sector investment 2007 - 2013
Table 2 Total mobile revenue 2006 - 2014
Table 3 Average monthly bill, ARPU - 2006 - 2012
Table 4 Historic - Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate 1999 - 2004
Table 5 Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate 2005 - 2014
Table 6 Mobile services revenue and traffic in minutes 1998 - 2013
Table 7 Mobile service revenue by type; annual change 2011 - 2012
Table 8 Data as proportion of mobile service revenue 2004 - 2014
Table 9 Mobile voice traffic in minutes 2006 - 2012
Table 10 Mobile operator market share 2005 - 2012
Table 11 Mobile termination charges 2005 - 2013
Table 12 Mobile interconnection revenue 2003 - 2012
Table 13 European roaming charges 2007 - 2011
Table 14 Mobile roaming in revenue and traffic in minutes 2003 - 2012
Table 15 Annual mobile numbers ported 2004 2013
Table 16 Active 3G subscribers and annual change 2007 - 2012
Table 17 Orange mobile subscribers (France) 2005 - 2013
Table 18 Orange voice and data ARPU (Q4) 2005 2012
Table 19 Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU (Q4) 2005 - 2013
Table 20 Orange mobile consumer revenue 2005 - 2013
Table 21 Orange mobile customer churn 2003 2013
Table 22 Orange mobile customer acquisition costs 2007 - 2013
Table 23 SFR mobile annualised ARPU 2005 - 2012
Table 24 SFR revenue 2004 - 2013
Table 25 SFR subscribers 2006 - 2013
Table 26 Free Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2013
Table 26 Free Mobile mobile revenue 2012 - 2013
Table 27 Bouygues Telecom subscribers 2005 - 2013
Table 28 Bouygues Telecom mobile ARPU 2007 - 2013
Table 29 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 - 2013
Table 30 MNO and MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) 2005 - 2013
Table 31 MVNO market share (metropolitan) 2005 - 2013
Table 32 Prepaid and contract subscribers (national) 2005 2013
Table 33 Percentage of prepaid versus contract subscribers 1999 - 2013
Table 34 Forecast mobile ARPU 2005 - 2015
Chart 1 Average monthly bill and ARPU - 2006 2012
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate 2005 2014
Chart 3 Mobile services revenue (voice) and traffic in minutes 2003 2013
Chart 4 Mobile voice traffic in minutes 2006 2012
Chart 5 Mobile operator market share 2005 2012
Chart 6 Mobile termination charges 2005 - 2013
Chart 7 Mobile roaming in revenue and traffic in minutes 2003 - 2012
Chart 8 - Active 3G subscribers and annual change 2007 2012
Chart 9 Orange mobile subscribers (France) 2005 2013
Chart 10 Orange voice and data ARPU (Q4) 2005 2012
Chart 11 Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU 2005 2013
Chart 12 Orange mobile customer acquisition costs 2007 - 2013
Chart 13 SFR revenue 2005 - 2013
Chart 14 SFR subscribers 2006 - 2013
Chart 15 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 2013
Chart 16 MNO, MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) 2005 - 2013
Chart 17 Prepaid and contract subscribers (national) 2005 2013
Exhibit 1 3G licensees
Exhibit 2 Operating MVNOs and network provider 2013

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