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

Synopsis

France has the third largest telecoms market in Europe. 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 engaged in its 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 SFR Group 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 had a market share of around 11% of subscribers by the end of 2017. 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:

Bouygues Telecom sets up Objenious subsidiary dedicated to the Internet of Things; Ireland-France Cable-1 system set to begin construction; Orange’s LoRa network available in 4,000 towns by mid-2017; 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 September 2017, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, Iliad, SFR Group, 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 SFR Group
    • 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 – Country statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 2 – Telecom revenue and investment statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 3 – Telephone network statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 4 – Internet user statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 5 – Broadband statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 6 – Mobile statistics – 2017 (e)
  • Table 7 – National telecommunications authorities
  • Table 8 – Telecom service investment – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 9 – End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 10 – End-user traffic growth by sector – 2002 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 12 – Proportion of telecom revenue by sector – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 13 – End-user fixed-line market value – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 14 – End-user telecom market value annual change – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 15 – End-user monthly bill by service – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Fixed lines subscriptions by type – 2003 - 2016
  • Table 17 – Interconnect revenue – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 18 – Interconnect traffic – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 19 – Unbundled and bitstream lines – 2002 - 2017
  • Table 20 – Orange wholesale broadband lines – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Fixed numbers ported annually – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 22 – Indirect connections – 2006 - 2015
  • Table 23 – Orange customers by sector (France) – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Orange retail voice lines – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Orange Group financial data by sector – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Orange (domestic) financial data – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Orange (domestic) telecom capex – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Orange retail and wholesale lines – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 29 – SFR Group subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 30 –SFR Group financial data – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 31 – SFR Group telecom capex – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Free revenue by business line – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 33 – Free DSL, LLU subscribers – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 34 – Free subscribers by sector – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 35 – Bouygues Telecom subscribers by sector – 2005- 2017
  • Table 36 – Bouygues Telecom financial data – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Fixed-lines in service – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 38 – Proportion of fixed lines by technology – 2004 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Telecom service investment – 2002 – 2016
  • Chart 2 – End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector – 2002 – 2016
  • Chart 3 – Telecom market revenue by sector – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 4 – Fixed lines subscriptions by type – 2003 – 2016
  • Chart 5 – Orange wholesale broadband lines – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 6 – Orange customers by sector (France) – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 7 – Orange Group financial data – 2008 – 2017
  • Chart 8 – Orange (domestic) financial data – 2007 – 2017
  • Chart 9 – Orange retail and wholesale lines – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 10 – SFR Group subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Chart 11 – SFR Group financial data – 2005 - 2017
  • Chart 12 – Free revenue by segment – 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 13 – Free subscribers by sector – 2011 – 2017
  • Chart 14 – Bouygues Telecom financial data – 2005 – 2017
  • Exhibit 1 – Access and the local loop

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Number of pages 36

Status Current

Last updated 22 Dec 2017
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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