Research and Markets: France - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

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Research and Markets: France - Key Statistics, Telecom Market and Regulatory Overviews

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France has the third largest telecoms market in Europe. The incumbent, France Telecom (Orange), is one of the world's major players with interests in markets across Europe and francophone Africa. Despite sector liberalisation, the company still dominates all sectors though increasing competition from a small number of major players (notably SFR and Iliad) has gradually eroded this lead, prompting it to respond with a range of innovative offers and a wide-ranging NeXT strategy to meet future customer needs. It is also investing in a national fibre network, largely in response to the activities of smaller players in this market. The mobile sector is dominated by a triopoly of providers with relatively low but steadily increasing MVNO competition, while 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 valuable updated statistics on the country's fixed network, an analysis of operator strategies in coming years, and a review of the key regulatory issues including the status of number portability, wholesaling and carrier preselection.

- Declining fixed-line sector drags telecom revenue down in 2011

- FT enters Congolese mobile market

- ACE submarine cable connecting France with African markets makes landing

- Vivendi buys out Vodafone's interest in SFR

- FT initiates Conquest 2015 strategy

- Iliad secures roaming deal with Orange for 2012 Free Mobile launch

- telecom investment recovers from 2009 downturn

- service revenue falls in 2011 due to contraction of fixed-line sector

- regulator considers 10% reduction in LLU charges

- FT withdraws from Swiss, Austrian and Portuguese markets

- regulator's market data to end-2011

- operator data to end-2011

- market developments into 2012.

1. Synopsis

2. Key statistics

3. Telecommunications market

3.1 Overview of France's telecom market

4. Regulatory environment

4.1 History

4.1.1 Revised NFR

4.2 National legal framework

4.3 France NumErique 2012

4.4 Regulatory authority

4.4.1 Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (ARCEP)

4.5 Telecom sector liberalisation in France

4.5.1 Privatisation of France Telecom

4.5.2 Interconnect

4.5.3 Access

4.5.4 Number portability (NP)

4.5.5 Carrier PreSelection (CPS)

5. Fixed network operators in France

5.1 Market overview

5.2 Fixed-line statistics

5.3 France Telecom

5.3.1 Performance in 2012

5.3.2 Difficulties ahead

5.3.3 International strategies

5.3.4 2015 Action Plan

5.3.5 Rebranding

5.4 SFR

5.4.1 Acquisition of neuf Cegetel

5.4.2 Buyout of Vodafone

5.5 Free (Iliad)

5.6 Bouygues Telecom

6. Telecommunications infrastructure

6.1 National telecom network

6.2 Next Generation Networks (NGNs)

6.3 International infrastructure

6.3.1 Submarine cable networks

6.3.2 Satellite networks

6.3.3 Wholesaling

- France Telecom

- Iliad

- SFR