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

Synopsis

The French mobile phone market is one of the largest in Europe. The network operators Orange, SFR Group, Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile have invested in network infrastructure and technologies in recent years. LTE-A providing data at above 300Mb/s has extensive coverage, while both Orange and Bouygues Telecom are involved in 5G trials. The regulator has also been supportive, having in late 2017 started a procedure to allocate a portion of the 3.5GHz band for 5G in anticipation of that technology coming into commercial use from about 2018.

Competition among the MNOs and a large number of MVNOs has caused mobile services revenue to fall steadily. This pressure 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 assess 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:

Bouygues completes sale of 600 towers to Cellnex; SFR to be rebranded as Altice by mid-2018; Bouygues and SFR permitted to use 2.1GHz spectrum for LTE; Orange partners with Ericsson and Nokia to develop a path to 5G; Orange Group opens Orange Bank; regulator consults on revised guidelines for mobile network sharing; MNOs make progress on mobile dead zones coverage; regulator proposes mobile broadband use for 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz band spectrum; Bouygues Telecom completes sale of 500 towers on lease-back arrangement; MVNO market share increases to 10.7% of subscribers; Virgin Mobile merges operations with SFR; report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2017, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Market analysis
  • 3. Mobile statistics
    • 3.1 General statistics
    • 3.2 Mobile voice
      • 3.2.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
    • 3.3 Mobile data
      • 3.3.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
      • 3.3.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
    • 3.4 Mobile broadband
    • 3.5 Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 3.5.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
  • 4. Regulatory issues
    • 4.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 4.1.1 GSM
      • 4.1.2 3G Licensing – round one
      • 4.1.3 700MHz
      • 4.1.4 800MHz
      • 4.1.5 2.6GHz
      • 4.1.6 900MHz
      • 4.1.7 1800MHz
      • 4.1.8 2.3GHz shared spectrum
      • 4.1.9 2.6GHz
    • 4.2 Network sharing
    • 4.3 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
    • 4.4 Roaming
    • 4.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • 5. Mobile infrastructure
    • 5.1 Digital networks
    • 5.2 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 5.3 Long-term Evolution (LTE)
      • 5.3.1 Bouygues Telecom
      • 5.3.2 SFR
      • 5.3.3 Orange
      • 5.3.4 Free Mobile
    • 5.4 5G
  • 6. Major mobile operators
    • 6.1.1 Orange
      • 6.2 SFR Group
      • 6.3 Free Mobile
      • 6.4 Bouygues Telecom
      • 6.5 MVNOs
    • 7. Mobile content and applications
      • 7.1 m-payments
      • 7.2 m-banking
    • 8. Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
    • 9. Related reports
    • Table 1 – Mobile sector investment – 2007 - 2016
    • Table 2 – Mobile retail revenue – 1998 - 2017
    • Table 3 – Average monthly bill, ARPU - 2006 - 2017
    • Table 4 – Historic - Mobile subscribers (national, old format incl. M2M) and penetration rate – 1999 - 2014
    • Table 5 – Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate – 2013 - 2018
    • Table 6 – Mobile services traffic in minutes – 1998 - 2017
    • Table 7 – Mobile voice traffic in minutes by type (quarterly) – 2006 - 2017
    • Table 8 – Annual mobile voice traffic by type – 2008 – 2017
    • Table 9 – Mobile operator market share – 2005 - 2016
    • Table 10 – Prepaid and contract subscribers (old format national, incl. M2M) – 2005 – 2014
    • Table 11 – Prepaid and contract subscribers (national, excl. M2M) – 2011 – 2017
    • Table 12 – Proportion of prepaid versus contract subscribers – 1999 - 2017
    • Table 13 – Data market revenue by type (historic) – 2002 - 2012
    • Table 14 – Mobile data traffic (TB) – 2008 - 2017
    • Table 15 – Average mobile data traffic per 3G/LTE subscriber – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 16 – Mobile data traffic from LTE networks – 2016 - 2017
    • Table 17 – Average mobile data traffic per mobile subscriber – 2011 - 2016
    • Table 18 – SMS traffic volume (national) – 2004 - 2017
    • Table 19 – Annual SMS volume (national) – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 20 – Annual MMS volume – 2000 - 2017
    • Table 21 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2016
    • Table 22 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
    • Table 23 – Forecast - mobile subscribers - 2018; 2020; 2022
    • Table 24 – 2.6GHz spectrum results – Sep 2011
    • Table 25 – Mobile termination charges – 2005 - 2013
    • Table 26 – Mobile interconnection revenue – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 28 – Mobile roaming out revenue and traffic in minutes – 2003 - 2017
    • Table 29 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 30 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2004 – 2017
    • Table 31 – 2G base stations in service by operator – November 2017
    • Table 32 – 3G base stations in service by operator – November 2017
    • Table 33 – Active 3G subscribers and proportion of total – 2007 - 2017
    • Table 34 – Active LTE subscribers and proportion of total – 2014 - 2017
    • Table 35 – Free mobile LTE subscribers – 2014 – 2017
    • Table 36 – Orange mobile subscribers (France) – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 37 – Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU (Q4) – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 38 – Orange mobile consumer revenue – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 39 – Orange mobile revenue by type – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 40 – Orange mobile customer churn – 2003 – 2017
    • Table 41 – Orange mobile customer acquisition costs – 2007 - 2016
    • Table 42 – SFR mobile annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 43 – SFR revenue (historic) – 2004 - 2013
    • Table 44 – SFR mobile revenue (under Altice) – 2015 - 2017
    • Table 45 – SFR subscribers – 2006 - 2017
    • Table 46 – Free Mobile mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 47 – Free Mobile mobile revenue – 2012 - 2017
    • Table 48 – Bouygues Telecom subscribers – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 49 – Bouygues Telecom mobile ARPU – 2007 - 2017
    • Table 50 – Bouygues Telecom financial data by type – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 51 – MNO and MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 52 – MVNO market share (metropolitan) – 2005 - 2017
    • Table 53 – M2M cards in use – 2011 - 2017
    • Table 54 – Revenue from M2M cards – 2009 - 2017
    • Chart 1 – Average monthly bill and ARPU - 2006 – 2017
    • Chart 2 – Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate – 2011 – 2018
    • Chart 3 – Mobile operator market share – 2005 – 2016
    • Chart 4 – Active 3G subscribers and annual change – 2007 - 2017
    • Chart 5 – Orange mobile subscribers (France) – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 6 – Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU – 2005 – 2017
    • Chart 7 – Orange mobile customer acquisition costs – 2007 - 2016
    • Chart 8 – SFR subscribers – 2006 - 2017
    • Chart 9 – MNO, MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) – 2005 - 2017
    • Exhibit 1 – 3G licensees
    • Exhibit 2 – Operating MVNOs and network provider

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    Number of pages 37

    Status Current

    Last updated 22 Dec 2017
    Update History

    Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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