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

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

France has the third largest telecoms market in Europe, worth about 31 billion annually. 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 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 Altice 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 have a market share of around 11% of subscribers. 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:

Orange stops promoting PSTN products;
Bouygues Telecom sets up Objenious subsidiary dedicated to the Internet of Things;
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 June 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, Iliad (Free), Altice, SFR, Numéricable


  • SYNOPSIS
  • KEY STATISTICS
    • Table Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - France – 2018 (e)
  • COUNTRY OVERVIEW
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS MARKET
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Telecom service investment – 2002 - 2017
      • Table End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector – 2002 - 2018
      • Table End-user traffic growth by sector – 2002 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market revenue by sector – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Proportion of telecom revenue by sector – 2009 - 2018
      • Table End-user fixed-line market value – 2003 - 2017
      • Table End-user telecom market value annual change – 2003 - 2017
      • Table Telecom market revenue by sector – 2008 - 2018
      • Table End-user monthly bill by service – 2010 - 2017
      • Table Fixed lines subscriptions by type – 2003 - 2018
  • REGULATORY ENVIRONMENT
    • HISTORY
    • NATIONAL LEGAL FRAMEWORK
    • FRANCE NUMERIQUE 2012
    • REGULATORY AUTHORITY
      • Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP)
    • TELECOM SECTOR LIBERALISATION
      • Privatisation of Orange Group
      • Interconnect
        • Table Interconnect revenue – 2007 - 2016
        • Table Interconnect traffic – 2007 - 2016
      • Access
        • Table Unbundled and bitstream lines – 2002 - 2018
        • Table Orange wholesale broadband lines – 2005 - 2018
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Fixed numbers ported annually – 2005 - 2018
      • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
        • Table Indirect connections – 2006 - 2016
  • FIXED NETWORK OPERATORS
    • ORANGE GROUP
      • Table Orange customers by sector (France) –2006 - 2018
      • Table Orange retail voice lines – 2007 - 201
      • Table Orange Group financial data by sector – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Orange (domestic) financial data – 2007 - 2018
      • Table Orange (domestic) telecom capex – 2008 - 2018
      • Table Orange retail and wholesale lines – 2006 - 2018
      • Essentials 2020
    • ALTICE FRANCE
      • Table SFR Group subscribers – 2006 - 2018
      • Table SFR Group financial data – 2005 - 2018
      • Table SFR Group telecom capex – 2008 - 2018
    • FREE (ILIAD)
      • Table Free revenue by business line – 2006 - 2018
      • Table Free DSL, LLU subscribers – 2005 - 2014
      • Table Free subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2018
    • BOUYGUES TELECOM
      • Table Bouygues Telecom subscribers by sector – 2005- 2018
      • Table Bouygues Telecom financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • TELECOMMUNICATIONS INFRASTRUCTURE
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Fixed-lines in service – 2011 - 2018
      • Table Proportion of fixed lines by technology – 2004 - 2017
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
      • Satellite networks
      • Cloud services
  • SMART INFRASTRUCTURE
    • INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
    • SMART CITIES
  • RELATED REPORTS

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