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France - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses

France has the third largest telecoms market in Europe. The incumbent telco Orange Group is one of the world's major players with interests in markets across Europe, the Middle East and Africa. The company is engaged in its embarked on its five-year Essentials 2020' program focussed on emerging markets as well as on investments in super-fast broadband and LTE infrastructure within its European footprint.

Despite market liberalisation, the company still dominates all sectors though increasing competition from a number of major players (notably SFR Group and Iliad) has gradually eroded this lead, prompting it to respond with a range of innovative offers and wide-ranging strategies to meet future customer needs. It is also investing in a national fibre network, largely in response to the activities of smaller players.

The mobile sector is dominated by four providers, complemented by an increasing number of MVNOs which together had a market share of around 11% of subscribers by the end of 2017. The vibrant broadband market has seen strong growth as a result of regulatory measures promoting competitor access to exchanges through local loop unbundling, as well as to fibre infrastructure and ducts.

This report introduces the key aspects of France's telecom market, providing updated statistics on the country's fixed network, an analysis of operator strategies, and a review of the key regulatory issues including the status of number portability, wholesaling and carrier preselection.

Key developments:

Bouygues Telecom sets up Objenious subsidiary dedicated to the Internet of Things; Ireland-France Cable-1 system set to begin construction; Orange's LoRa network available in 4,000 towns by mid-2017; ACE submarine cable connecting France with African markets extended; Orange opens its first 400Gb/s per wavelength cable; Orange sets up Orange Horizons subsidiary to exploit potential in new markets; report update includes the regulator's market data updates to September 2017, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, Iliad, SFR Group, Numéricable


1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 History
5.2 National legal framework
5.3 France NumErique 2012
5.4 Regulatory authority
5.4.1 Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP)
5.5 Telecom sector liberalisation
5.5.1 Privatisation of Orange Group
5.5.2 Interconnect
5.5.3 Access
5.5.4 Number Portability (NP)
5.5.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
6. Fixed network operators
6.1 Orange Group
6.1.1 Essentials 2020
6.2 SFR Group
6.3 Free (Iliad)
6.4 Bouygues Telecom
7. Telecommunications infrastructure
7.1 National telecom network
7.2 International infrastructure
7.2.1 Submarine cable networks
7.2.2 Satellite networks
7.2.3 Cloud services
8. Smart infrastructure
8.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
8.2 Smart Cities
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2017 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2017 (e)
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2017 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2017 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2017 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2017 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Telecom service investment 2002 - 2016
Table 9 End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector 2002 - 2016
Table 10 End-user traffic growth by sector 2002 - 2016
Table 11 Telecom market revenue by sector 2008 - 2017
Table 12 Proportion of telecom revenue by sector 2009 - 2017
Table 13 End-user fixed-line market value 2003 - 2017
Table 14 End-user telecom market value annual change 2003 - 2016
Table 15 End-user monthly bill by service 2010 - 2017
Table 16 Fixed lines subscriptions by type 2003 - 2016
Table 17 Interconnect revenue 2007 - 2016
Table 18 Interconnect traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 19 Unbundled and bitstream lines 2002 - 2017
Table 20 Orange wholesale broadband lines 2005 - 2017
Table 21 Fixed numbers ported annually 2005 - 2015
Table 22 Indirect connections 2006 - 2015
Table 23 Orange customers by sector (France) 2006 - 2017
Table 24 Orange retail voice lines 2007 - 2017
Table 25 Orange Group financial data by sector 2008 - 2017
Table 26 Orange (domestic) financial data 2007 - 2017
Table 27 Orange (domestic) telecom capex 2008 - 2017
Table 28 Orange retail and wholesale lines 2006 - 2017
Table 29 SFR Group subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 30 SFR Group financial data 2005 - 2017
Table 31 SFR Group telecom capex 2008 - 2017
Table 32 Free revenue by business line 2006 - 2017
Table 33 Free DSL, LLU subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 34 Free subscribers by sector 2011 - 2017
Table 35 Bouygues Telecom subscribers by sector 2005- 2017
Table 36 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 - 2017
Table 37 Fixed-lines in service 2011 - 2017
Table 38 Proportion of fixed lines by technology 2004 - 2017
Chart 1 Telecom service investment 2002 2016
Chart 2 End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector 2002 2016
Chart 3 Telecom market revenue by sector 2008 2017
Chart 4 Fixed lines subscriptions by type 2003 2016
Chart 5 Orange wholesale broadband lines 2006 2017
Chart 6 Orange customers by sector (France) 2006 2017
Chart 7 Orange Group financial data 2008 2017
Chart 8 Orange (domestic) financial data 2007 2017
Chart 9 Orange retail and wholesale lines 2006 2017
Chart 10 SFR Group subscribers 2006 - 2017
Chart 11 SFR Group financial data 2005 - 2017
Chart 12 Free revenue by segment 2006 2017
Chart 13 Free subscribers by sector 2011 2017
Chart 14 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 2017
Exhibit 1 Access and the local loop

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