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, issuing two 5G trial licences for use of spectrum in the 3.5GHz band in anticipation of that technology coming into commercial use from 2019.

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:

  • Altice considers sale of SFR unit;
  • 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;
  • Regulator progresses with 2.6GHz and 3.5GHz spectrum use for 5G;
  • MVNO market share increases to 11.1% of subscribers;
  • Virgin Mobile merges operations with SFR;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to March 2018, operator data to Q1 2018, 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
  • 4. Mobile infrastructure
    • 4.1 5G
    • 4.2 4G (LTE)
      • 4.2.1 Bouygues Telecom
      • 4.2.2 SFR
      • 4.2.3 Orange
      • 4.2.4 Free Mobile
    • 4.3 Third Generation (3G) mobile
    • 4.4 GSM
  • 5. Machine-to-Machine (M2M)
  • 6. Mobile voice
    • 6.1 Voice-over-LTE (VoLTE)
  • 7. Mobile data
    • 7.1 Short Message Service (SMS)
    • 7.2 Multimedia Messaging Service (MMS)
  • 8. Mobile broadband
  • 9. Forecasts – mobile subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
  • 10. Regulatory issues
    • 10.1 Spectrum regulations and spectrum auctions
      • 10.1.1 GSM
      • 10.1.2 3G Licensing – round one
      • 10.1.3 700MHz
      • 10.1.4 800MHz
      • 10.1.5 2.6GHz
      • 10.1.6 900MHz
      • 10.1.7 1800MHz
      • 10.1.8 2.3GHz shared spectrum
      • 10.1.9 2
      • 10.1.10 3.5Hz
      • 10.1.11 Spectrum reassignment – June 2018
    • 10.2 Network sharing
    • 10.3 Mobile termination rates (MTRs)
    • 10.4 Roaming
    • 10.5 Mobile Number Portability (MNP)
  • 11. Major mobile operators
    • 11.1 Orange
    • 11.2 SFR Group
    • 11.3 Free Mobile
    • 11.4 Bouygues Telecom
    • 11.5 MVNOs
  • 12. Mobile content and applications
    • 12.1 m-payments
    • 12.2 m-banking
  • 13. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Mobile sector investment – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 2 – Investment in 3G and LTE infrastructure – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 3 – Mobile retail revenue – 1998 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Average monthly bill, ARPU - 2006 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Historic - Mobile subscribers (national, old format incl. M2M) and penetration rate – 1999 - 2014
  • Table 6 – Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate – 2013 - 2019
  • Table 7 – Mobile services traffic in minutes – 1998 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Mobile voice traffic in minutes by type (quarterly) – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Annual mobile voice traffic by type – 2008 – 2017
  • Table 10 – Mobile operator market share – 2005 - 2016
  • Table 11 – Prepaid and contract subscribers (old format national, incl. M2M) – 2005 – 2014
  • Table 12 – Prepaid and contract subscribers (national, excl. M2M) – 2011 – 2017
  • Table 13 – Proportion of prepaid versus contract subscribers – 1999 - 2017
  • Table 14 – Active LTE subscribers and proportion of total – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Free Mobile LTE subscribers – 2014 – 2018
  • Table 16 – Free Mobile average LTE data use – 2015 – 2018
  • Table 17 – 3G base stations in service by operator – November 2017
  • Table 18 – Active 3G subscribers and proportion of total – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 19 – 2G base stations in service by operator – November 2017
  • Table 20 – M2M cards in use – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 21 – Revenue from M2M cards – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Data market revenue by type (historic) – 2002 - 2012
  • Table 23 – Mobile data traffic (TB) – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 24 – Average mobile data traffic per 3G/LTE subscriber – 2011 - 2016
  • Table 25 – Mobile data traffic from LTE networks – 2016 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Average mobile data traffic per mobile subscriber – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 27 – SMS traffic volume (national) – 2004 - 2017
  • Table 28 – Annual SMS volume (national) – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 29 – Annual MMS volume – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 30 – Active mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 31 – Dedicated mobile broadband subscribers – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 32 – Forecast - mobile subscribers - 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 33 – 2.6GHz spectrum results – Sep 2011
  • Table 34 – Mobile termination charges – 2005 - 2013
  • Table 35 – Mobile interconnection revenue – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 37 – Mobile roaming out voice traffic – 2003 - 2017
  • Table 38 – European data roaming charges – 2014 - 2017
  • Table 39 – Annual mobile numbers ported – 2004 – 2018
  • Table 40 – Orange mobile subscribers (France) – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 41 – Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU (Q4) – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 42 – Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPO (Q4) – 2017 - 2018
  • Table 43 – Orange mobile revenue by type – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 44 – Orange mobile revenue by type (new style) – 2016 - 2018
  • Table 45 – Orange mobile customer churn – 2003 – 2018
  • Table 46 – Orange mobile customer acquisition costs – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 47 – SFR mobile annualised ARPU – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 48 – SFR revenue (historic) – 2004 - 2013
  • Table 49 – SFR mobile revenue (under Altice) – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 50 – SFR subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 51 – Free Mobile mobile subscribers – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 52 – Free Mobile mobile revenue – 2012 - 2018
  • Table 53 – Bouygues Telecom subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 54 – Bouygues Telecom mobile ARPU – 2007 - 2018
  • Table 55 – Bouygues Telecom financial data by type – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 56 – MNO and MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 57 – MVNO market share (metropolitan) – 2005 - 2018
  • Chart 1 – Average monthly bill and ARPU - 2006 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Mobile subscribers (national) and penetration rate – 2011 – 2019
  • Chart 3 – Mobile operator market share – 2005 – 2016
  • Chart 4 – Active 3G subscribers and proportion of total – 2007 - 2017
  • Chart 5 – Orange mobile subscribers (France) – 2005 – 2018
  • Chart 6 – Orange blended, contract, prepaid ARPU – 2005 – 2017
  • Chart 7 – Orange mobile customer acquisition costs – 2007 - 2016
  • Chart 8 – SFR subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Chart 9 – MNO, MVNO subscribers (metropolitan) – 2005 - 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – 3G licensees
  • Exhibit 2 – Operating MVNOs and network provider

Related Reports

Purchase this Report

US$550.00

Licence Information

Focus Report Profile

Technologies

Mobile & Wireless Broadband and Media
Mobile Communications (voice and infrastructure)
Strategies & Analyses (Industry & Markets)

Number of pages 49

Status Current

Last updated 4 Jul 2018
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

Share this Report

Purchase with Confidence

You produce well presented and thoroughly researched reports - we have bought some in the past - and you have been most helpful in getting back to me so quickly. MUCH appreciate everything about you guys .

Bertrand Waché, Ace Group, Philadelphia USA

Special Offers

Bahrain - Telecoms, Mobile and Broadband - Statistics and Analyses
US$375.00 until 31 Oct 2018
(normal price US$750.00)

Middle East - Mobile Network Operators and MVNOs
US$1,000.00 until 31 Oct 2018
(normal price US$2,000.00)

Sample Reports

A selection of downloadable samples from our Annual Publications catalogue.


Download a Sample Report

More than 4,000 customers from 140 countries utilise BuddeComm Research

Are you interested in BuddeComm's Custom Research Service?

News & Views

Have the latest telecommunications industry news delivered to your inbox by subscribing to Paul's FREE weekly News & Views.