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

Synopsis

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

Table of Contents

  • 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 Altice France
    • 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 – Top Level Country Statistics and Telco Authorities - France – 2018 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom service investment – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 3 – End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 4 – End-user traffic growth by sector – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 6 – End-user fixed-line market value – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Proportion of telecom revenue by sector – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 8 – End-user telecom market value annual change – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 10 – End-user monthly bill by service – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Fixed lines subscriptions by type – 2003 - 2018
  • Table 12 – Interconnect revenue – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 13 – Interconnect traffic – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 14 – Unbundled and bitstream lines – 2002 - 2018
  • Table 15 – Orange wholesale broadband lines – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Fixed numbers ported annually – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Indirect connections – 2006 - 2016
  • Table 18 – Orange customers by sector (France) – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Orange retail voice lines – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 20 – Orange Group financial data by sector – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 21 – Orange (domestic) financial data – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 22 – Orange (domestic) telecom capex – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 23 – Orange retail and wholesale lines – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 24 – SFR Group subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 25 –SFR Group financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 26 – SFR Group telecom capex – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 27 – Free revenue by business line – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Free DSL, LLU subscribers – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 29 – Free subscribers by sector – 2009 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Bouygues Telecom subscribers by sector – 2005- 2018
  • Table 31 – Bouygues Telecom financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 32 – Fixed-lines in service – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 33 – Proportion of fixed lines by technology – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 34 – International internet bandwidth – 2000 - 2016
  • Chart 1 – Telecom service investment – 2002 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector – 2002 – 2018
  • Chart 3 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 4 – Fixed lines subscriptions by type – 2003 – 2018
  • Chart 5 – Orange wholesale broadband lines – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Orange customers by sector (France) – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 7 – Orange Group financial data – 2008 – 2018
  • Chart 8 – Orange (domestic) financial data – 2007 – 2018
  • Chart 9 – Orange retail and wholesale lines – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 10 – SFR Group subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Chart 11 – SFR Group financial data – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 12 – Free revenue by segment – 2006 – 2018
  • Chart 13 – Free subscribers by sector – 2009 – 2018
  • Chart 14 – Bouygues Telecom financial data – 2005 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop

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Number of pages 38

Status Current

Last updated 21 Nov 2018
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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