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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 regulators market data updates to June 2019, operator data to Q2 2019, Telecom Maturity Index charts and analyses, 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 - 2019 (e)
  • Regional European Market Comparison
    • EUROPE TELECOM MATURITY INDEX BY TIER
      • Market Leaders
      • Market Challengers
      • Market Emergents
    • TMI VERSUS GDP
    • MOBILE AND MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
    • FIXED VERSUS MOBILE BROADBAND PENETRATION
  • Telecommunications market
    • MARKET ANALYSIS
      • Table Development in telecom service investment - 2009 - 2018
      • Table Change in end-user traffic volume in minutes by sector - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Percentage change in end-user traffic by sector - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Decline in telecom market revenue, by sector - 2008 - 2019
      • Table Development of end-user fixed-line market revenue (telephony, broadband) - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Change in the proportion of telecom revenue by sector - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Percentage change in end-user telecom market revenue - 2009 - 2019
      • Table End-user monthly bill by service - 2010 - 2019
      • Table Change in the number of fixed lines subscriptions by type - 2009 - 2019
  • 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
      • Access
        • Table Change in the number of unbundled and bitstream lines - 2009 - 2019
        • Table Decline in the number of Orange's wholesale broadband lines - 2006 - 2019
      • Number Portability (NP)
        • Table Development of annual fixed number porting - 2005 - 2019
      • Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
  • Fixed network operators
    • ORANGE GROUP
      • Table Change in the number of Orange's customers by sector (France) - 2006 - 2019
      • Table Drop in the number of Orange's retail voice lines - 2007 - 2019
      • Table Development of Orange Group's financial data by sector - 2008 - 2019
      • Table Decline in Orange's domestic revenue - 2007 - 2019
      • Table Change in Orange's domestic telecom capex - 2008 - 2019
      • Table Change in the number of Orange's retail and wholesale lines - 2006 - 2019
      • Essentials 2020
    • ALTICE FRANCE
      • Table Growth in the number of SFR Group's subscribers by type - 2009 - 2019
      • Table SFR Group financial data - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Change in SFR Group's revenue by type - 2017 - 2019
      • Table SFR Group telecom capex - 2008 - 2019
    • FREE (ILIAD)
      • Table Increase in Free's revenue by segment - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Increase in the number of Free's subscribers by sector - 2009 - 2019
    • BOUYGUES TELECOM
      • Table Change in the number of Bouygues Telecom's subscribers by sector - 2009 - 2019
      • Table Development of Bouygues Telecom's financial data - 2009 - 2019
  • Telecommunications infrastructure
    • NATIONAL TELECOM NETWORK
      • Table Change in the number of fixed-lines in service, and penetration - 2009 - 2024
      • Table Change in the proportion of fixed lines by technology - 2009 - 2019
    • INTERNATIONAL INFRASTRUCTURE
      • Submarine cable networks
        • Table Development of international internet bandwidth - 2009 - 2016
      • Satellite networks
      • Cloud services
  • Smart infrastructure
    • INTERNET OF THINGS (IOT)
    • SMART CITIES
  • Appendix - Historic data
    • Table Historic - Telecom service investment - 2002 - 2009
    • Table Historic - End-user fixed-line market value - 2003 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Proportion of fixed lines by technology - 2004 - 2009
    • Table Historic - International internet bandwidth - 2000 - 2009
    • Table Historic - End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector - 2002 - 2099
    • Table Historic - End-user traffic growth by sector - 2002 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Change in end-user telecom market revenue - 2004 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Fixed lines subscriptions by type - 2003 - 2009
    • Table Historic - Unbundled and bitstream lines - 2002 - 2099
    • Table Historic - Indirect fixed line connections - 2006 - 2016
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