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

  • February 2017
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  • Paul Budde Communication Pty Ltd
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  • 38 pages

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 (MEA).

The company recently embarked on its five-year Essentials 2020' program which is focussed on the emerging MEA 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 early 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 sells Orange Dominicana to Altice for 1.05 billion; Orange's LoRa network available in 2,600 towns by February 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, sets out five-year Essentials 2020 strategy; telecom sector investment recovers from 2009 downturn; AAE-1 subsea cable connects France with south-east Asia; Orange withdraws from some markets; report update includes the regulator's market data updates to September 2016, operator data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, Iliad, SFR Group, Numéricable

Table Of Contents

France - Telecoms Infrastructure, Operators, Regulations - Statistics and Analyses
1. Synopsis
2. Key statistics
3. Country overview
4. Telecommunications market
4.1 Market analysis
5. Regulatory environment
5.1 History
5.1.1 Revised NFR
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 in France
5.5.1 Privatisation of France Telecom
5.5.2 Interconnect
5.5.3 Access
5.5.4 Number Portability (NP)
5.5.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)
6. Fixed network operators in France
6.1 Market overview
6.2 Orange
6.2.1 International strategies
6.2.2 Essentials 2020
6.3 SFR Group (formerly Numericable-SFR)
6.3.1 Acquisitions
6.3.2 Numericable merger with SFR
6.4 Free (Iliad)
6.5 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 Wholesaling
7.2.4 Cloud services
8. Smart infrastructure
8.1 Internet of Things (IoT)
8.2 Smart Cities
9. Related reports
Table 1 Country statistics 2016 (e)
Table 2 Telecom revenue and investment statistics 2015
Table 3 Telephone network statistics 2016 (e)
Table 4 Internet user statistics 2016 (e)
Table 5 Broadband statistics 2016 (e)
Table 6 Mobile statistics 2016 (e)
Table 7 National telecommunications authorities
Table 8 Telecom service investment 2002 - 2015
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 - 2016
Table 12 Proportion of telecom revenue by sector 2009 - 2016
Table 13 Telecom market revenue by sector 2008 - 2016
Table 14 End-user fixed-line market value 2003 - 2016
Table 15 End-user telecom market value annual change 2003 - 2015
Table 16 End-user monthly bill by service 2010 - 2016
Table 17 Fixed lines subscriptions by type 2003 - 2016
Table 18 Interconnect revenue 2007 - 2016
Table 19 Interconnect traffic 2007 - 2016
Table 20 Unbundled lines 2009 - 2016
Table 21 Bitstream and naked DSL lines 2009 - 2016
Table 22 Fixed numbers ported annually 2005 - 2015
Table 23 Indirect connections 2006 - 2015
Table 24 Orange customers by sector (France) 2006 - 2016
Table 25 Orange retail voice lines 2007 - 2016
Table 26 Orange Group financial data by sector 2008 - 2016
Table 27 Orange (domestic) financial data 2007 - 2016
Table 28 Orange (domestic) telecom capex 2008 - 2016
Table 29 Orange retail and wholesale lines 2006 - 2016
Table 30 SFR Group subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 31 SFR Group financial data 2005 - 2016
Table 32 SFR Group telecom capex 2008 - 2016
Table 33 Free revenue by business line 2006 - 2016
Table 34 Free telecom capex 2007 2014
Table 35 Free DSL, LLU subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 36 Free subscribers by sector 2011 - 2016
Table 37 Bouygues Telecom subscribers by sector 2005- 2016
Table 38 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 - 2016
Table 39 Fixed-lines in service 2011 - 2017
Table 40 Proportion of fixed lines by technology 2004 - 2016
Table 41 Orange wholesale broadband lines 2005 - 2016
Chart 1 Telecom service investment 2002 2015
Chart 2 End-user traffic volume in minutes by sector 2002 2016
Chart 3 Telecom market revenue by sector 2008 2016
Chart 4 End-user telecom market value by sector 2003 2016
Chart 5 Fixed lines subscriptions by type 2003 2016
Chart 6 Orange customers by sector (France) 2006 2016
Chart 7 Orange Group financial data 2008 2016
Chart 8 Orange (domestic) financial data 2007 2016
Chart 9 Orange retail and wholesale lines 2006 2016
Chart 10 SFR Group subscribers 2006 - 2016
Chart 11 SFR Group financial data 2005 - 2016
Chart 12 Free revenue by segment 2006 2016
Chart 13 Free subscribers by sector 2011 2016
Chart 14 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 2016
Chart 15 France Telecom wholesale broadband lines 2006 2016
Exhibit 1 EU The New Regulatory Framework (NRF)
Exhibit 2 Access and the local loop

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