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

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

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 had extensive coverage by early 2017, while both Orange and Bouygues Telecom are involved in 5G trials. The regulator has also been supportive, having licensed spectrum in the 2.5GHz and 3.5GHz bands since mid-2016. In early 2017 it opened a consultation with a view to releasing spectrum in these bands for mobile broadband use while retaining 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.

Orange and SFR dominate the market, followed by Bouygues Telecom and Free Mobile. Free Mobile launched services in 2012, and the company's low pricing continues to have repercussions for the market. From January 2017 it began to scale down its national roaming arrangement with Orange.

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:

Orange partners with Ericsson and Nokia to develop a path to 5G; regulator consults on revised guidelines for mobile network sharing; SFR Group's RED Technologies pilots Licensed Shared Access using 2.3GHz spectrum; 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 10.8% of subscribers; Virgin Mobile merges operations with SFR; report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2016, operator data to Q3 2016, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

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

Table Of Contents

France - Mobile Infrastructure, Broadband, Operators - Statistics and Analyses
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 2016; 2018; 2021
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 3G Licensing round two
4.1.4 3G Licensing round three
4.1.5 900 and 1800MHz frequencies
4.1.6 Public Analogue Mobile Radio (PAMR)
4.1.7 700MHz
4.1.8 800MHz
4.1.9 2.6GHz
4.2 900MHz
4.3 1800MHz
4.4 2.3GHz shared spectrum
4.5 2.6GHz
4.6 Network sharing
4.7 Mobile termination rates (MTR)
4.8 SMS interconnection
4.9 Roaming
4.10 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
4.11 Fixed-Mobile Convergence (FMC)
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 Numericable-SFR
5.3.3 Orange
5.3.4 Free Mobile
5.3.5 Other players
5.4 5G
5.5 Other infrastructure developments
5.5.1 General Packet Radio Services (GPRS)
5.5.2 High-Speed Packet Access (HSPA)
5.5.3 High-Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA)
5.5.4 Enhanced Data for GSM Evolution (EDGE)
5.5.5 Femtocells
6. Major mobile operators
6.1 Orange
6.1.1 Network contracts
6.1.2 JV with Deutsche Telekom (DT)
6.2 SFR Group
6.2.1 Network contracts
6.3 Free Mobile
6.4 Bouygues Telecom
6.4.1 Network contracts
6.4.2 Attempts at company sale
6.5 MVNOs
7. Mobile content and applications
7.1 Location based services
7.2 Near Field Communication (NFC)
7.3 Mobile satellite services
7.4 m-payments
7.5 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 - 2016
Table 4 Historic - Mobile subscribers (national, old format incl. M2M) and penetration rate 1999 - 2014
Table 5 Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate 2013 - 2017
Table 6 Mobile services traffic in minutes 1998 - 2016
Table 7 Mobile voice traffic in minutes by type (quarterly) 2006 - 2016
Table 8 Annual mobile voice traffic by type 2008 2015
Table 9 Mobile operator market share 2005 - 2016
Table 10 Prepaid and contract subscribers (old format national, incl. M2M) 2005 2014
Table 11 Proportion of prepaid versus contract subscribers 1999 - 2016
Table 12 Prepaid and contract subscribers (national, excl. M2M) 2011 2016
Table 13 Data market revenue 2002 - 2014
Table 14 Data as proportion of mobile service revenue 2004 - 2015
Table 16 Mobile data traffic (TB) 2008 - 2017
Table 18 Average mobile data traffic per 3G/LTE subscriber 2011 - 2016
Table 19 Average mobile data traffic per mobile subscriber 2011 - 2016
Table 20 SMS traffic volume (national) 2004 - 2016
Table 21 Annual SMS volume (national) 2003 - 2016
Table 22 Annual MMS volume 2000 - 2016
Table 23 Active mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2016
Table 24 Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers 2007 - 2017
Table 25 Forecast - mobile subscribers - 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 26 2.6GHz spectrum results Sep 2011
Table 27 Mobile termination charges 2005 - 2013
Table 28 Mobile interconnection revenue 2003 - 2016
Table 30 Mobile roaming in revenue and traffic in minutes 2003 - 2016
Table 31 European data roaming charges 2014 - 2017
Table 32 Annual mobile numbers ported 2004 2016
Table 33 2G base stations in service by operator February 2016
Table 34 3G base stations in service by operator February 2016
Table 35 Active 3G subscribers and proportion of total 2007 - 2016
Table 37 Active LTE subscribers and proportion of total 2014 - 2016
Table 38 Orange mobile subscribers (France) 2005 - 2016
Table 39 Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU (Q4) 2005 - 2016
Table 40 Orange mobile consumer revenue 2005 - 2016
Table 41 Orange mobile customer churn 2003 2016
Table 42 Orange mobile customer acquisition costs 2007 - 2016
Table 43 SFR mobile annualised ARPU 2005 - 2015
Table 44 SFR revenue (historic) 2004 - 2013
Table 45 SFR subscribers 2006 - 2016
Table 46 Free Mobile mobile subscribers 2012 - 2016
Table 47 Free Mobile mobile revenue 2012 - 2016
Table 48 Bouygues Telecom subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 49 Bouygues Telecom mobile ARPU 2007 - 2016
Table 50 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 - 2016
Table 51 MNO and MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) 2005 - 2016
Table 52 MVNO market share (metropolitan) 2005 - 2016
Table 53 M2M cards in use 2011 - 2015
Table 54 Average monthly revenue from M2M cards 2011 - 2015
Table 55 Revenue from M2M cards 2011 - 2016
Chart 1 Average monthly bill and ARPU - 2006 2016
Chart 2 Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate 2011 2017
Chart 3 Mobile operator market share 2005 2016
Chart 5 Active 3G subscribers and annual change 2007 - 2016
Chart 6 Orange mobile subscribers (France) 2005 2016
Chart 7 Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU 2005 2016
Chart 8 Orange mobile customer acquisition costs 2007 - 2016
Chart 9 SFR subscribers 2006 - 2016
Chart 10 Bouygues Telecom financial data 2005 2016
Chart 11 MNO, MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) 2005 - 2015
Exhibit 1 3G licensees
Exhibit 2 Operators GPRS and GPRS/Wi-Fi launch dates
Exhibit 3 Operating MVNOs and network provider

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