Country brief: France (FR)
EU member? Yes
OECD member? Yes
Regulatory authority:ARCEP (link)
Number of operators:4
Of which mobile-centric:0
Population:66,661,621
Mobile data penetration: 73.4%
Spectrum assigned: 598 MHz
700 MHz band assigned?
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Data volume 2015: 557,866 TB
Data volume per pop 2015: 0.70 GB/month/capita (top: Finland, 9.53)
Spectrum usage 2015: 14.0 MB/year/MHz/pop (top: Finland, 213.1)
Group
Operator
Mobile-centric?
Zero-rating video?
Zero-rating any app?
SIMs
GB for €30
(smartphones)
GB for €25
MBB
(data-only)
Total low and high frequency spectrum MHz
Data volume 2015 TB
Data volume 2Q2016 TB
MB/year/MHz per pop 2015
MB/year/MHz per pop 2Q 2016
OrangeOrange-FR
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29,703,00010.00
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179.20
AlticeSFR-FR
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20,368,48720.00
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169.60
BouyguesTelecomBouyguesTelecom-FR
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12,433,00020.00
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149.2074,59830.00
IliadFreeMobile-FR
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12,080,00050.00
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100.00
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Source: DFMonitor-PRO Spreadsheet, 2H2016. The spreadsheet includes 1,775 4G LTE smartphone (with at least 1,000 minutes and SMSs) and data-only tariffs. Tariffs may have tethering or mobility restrictions. The DFMonitor-PRO Spreadsheet allows the analysis of any gigabyte or price baskets. It includes median fully allocated and weighted average incremental gigabyte prices per country and per operator as well all zero-rated or differential priced applications per country and per operator. The spreadsheet includes historic annually reported mobile data volume per country dating back to 2007 (where available) and quarterly reported mobile data volume per operator dating back to 1Q2013 (where available). The spreadsheet includes the total amount of assigned spectrum per country and per 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz band and historic spectrum usage figures starting from 2H2016. It includes the spectrum holdings per operator and per 700, 800, 900, 1800, 2100 and 2600 MHz band and historic usage figures starting from 2H2016.
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Insights, reports and external articles citing DFMonitor about France
Four year comparative study of unit prices in 4-MNO and in the 4 to 3 consolidated German & Austrian markets
2017
pricing
merger
Germany
Austria
Italy
Denmark
United Kingdom
France
Poland
Sweden
Netherlands
Hutchison
Telefonica
Iliad
Play
Tele2
Vimpelcom

January 2017
The gap between gigabyte prices in the 4 to 3 consolidated Austrian & German markets and prices in 4-MNO markets where no consolidation has taken place had substantially increased by September 2016

The Commission proposed wholesale data roaming cap of €8.5/GB is anomalous and will distort competition in North-Eastern mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive
2016
roaming
networkeconomics
Finland
Poland
Denmark
France
United Kingdom
Italy
Germany
Spain

October 2016
UPDATED with DG Competition's response to Rewheel's concerns. How low should the wholesale data roaming cap be in 2017 to avoid the distortion of competition in North-Eastern domestic mobile markets where retail gigabyte prices are competitive?

Mobile Price Wars: No Sign of Peace in Europe
2016
United States
Iliad
France
Verizon
ATT
DeutscheTelekom
Softbank
Hutchison
Italy
United Kingdom
Telefonica
Vodafone

[External article, The Wall Street Journal]
June 2016
The gap between European and U.S. mobile pricing seems likely to remain wide.

UK and French 4-network-operator competitive mobile markets versus the consolidated German protected oligopoly – 2Q 2015
2015
United Kingdom
France
Germany
Iliad
Hutchison
DeutscheTelekom
Vodafone
Telefonica
EverythingEveywhere
SFR
BouyguesTelecom
Orange

June 2015
Triggered by the planned mergers in the UK, Commissioner Vestager’s assertion that “In fact, infrastructure investment can be stimulated by competition” and by the court challenge filed by Airdata AG against the Commission’s unlawful approval of Telefonica E-Plus German merger we take a closer look at effective competition and in particular 4G LTE mobile internet access (smartphone plan) prices and hotspot/tethering restrictions in the consolidated German protected oligopoly, UK and France.

Europe’s great data divide - Not all countries are created equal when it comes to mobile data usage in the European Union.
2015
Germany
Hungary
Finland
France
United Kingdom
Poland
pricing

[External article, POLITICO Europe]
May 2015
POLITICO.eu reporting on the launch and key findings of the 3rd DFMonitor release.

Competition in France & UK versus Germany
2013
France
United Kingdom
Germany
Iliad
BouyguesTelecom
Orange
SFR
KPN
Telefonica
Vodafone
DeutscheTelekom

December 2013
Inefficient operators that cannot make a healthy return on €20 mass market 10 GByte all-you-can-eat minute & SMS smartphone tariffs will soon become telco road kills in Europe’s competitive markets.


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