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France - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses

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Last updated: 25 Oct 2019 Update History

Report Pages: 110


The French mobile phone market is one of the largest in Europe, worth about €13 billion annually. The network operators Orange, SFR Group (owned by Altice Group), Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile have invested in network infrastructure and technologies in recent years. Services based on LTE have near universal coverage, while the network operators have undertaken extensive 5G trials and are looking to launch commercial services in the second half of 2020. This timing is being supported by the auction of spectrum in a range of bands.

Competition among the MNOs and a large number of MVNOs caused mobile services revenue to fall steadily until 2017, since when growth has been low but steady. Pressure on revenue has encouraged operators to look to convergence and bundled services, and so expand their offerings beyond mobile voice and data.

This report provides key statistics and analyses on the French mobile voice and data market. It assesses recent developments related to spectrum licensing and regulatory issues, and profiles the major players and MVNOs, providing statistics on their operating and financial performance as well as their strategies in an increasingly fierce competitive market.

Key developments:

  • Iliad sells its French tower portfolio to help fund 5G rollout;
  • Regulator approves 5G trial licences in the 26GHz band;
  • Bouygues and SFR permitted to use 2.1GHz spectrum for LTE;
  • Orange partners with Ericsson and Nokia to develop a path to 5G, launches national LTE-M service;
  • Regulator consults on revised guidelines for mobile network sharing;
  • Regulator to make 1.5GHz spectrum available for 5G by 2022;
  • MVNO market share increases to 11.1% of subscribers;
  • Report update includes the regulator's market data to June 2019, operator data to Q2 2019, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, SFR, Free Mobile, Bouygues Telecom, Virgin Mobile, Omea Telecom

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