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Data: Fibre investment drives French telecom market

The annual status report on the French telecoms market from communications regulator ARCEP (l’Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques), show that in 2020, operators’ investments (excluding spending on 5G spectrum) reached €11.5 billion, which marks an 8.1 per cent increase YoY, compared to the average 4.5 per cent increase over the two previous years. When […]

May 26, 2021

Inmarsat wins satellite spat

Eutelsat and Viasat have lost a legal decision at the EU’s Court of Justice over a claim that London-based Inmarsat should not have been granted authorisation to key S-band satellite frequencies for in-flight connectivity over France in particular. French frequency regulator ARCEP (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des Postes) had authorised Inmarsat’s important […]

April 19, 2021By Chris Forrester

France: 78 SVoD services available

There were 78 SVoDs available in France in 2020, up from 63 in 2017, and 22 million viewers (46 per cent of broadband users) accessed at least one platform. According to a joint study by anti-piracy body Hadopi and TV regulator CSA, in association with telecoms regulator Arcep, CNC and the French Competition Authority, SVoD […]

March 10, 2021From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

de La Raudière new Arcep Chair

Laure de La Raudière has been appointed as the new Chair of France’s communications regulator  Arcep for a six-year term, by an Order published in the Journal Officiel of January 28th 2021. A graduate of the École Normale Supérieure, and a telecommunications engineer, de La Raudière began her career with France Telecom – Orange in […]

January 29, 2021By Colin Mann

France: Record increase in FTTH adoption

French network regulator Arcep’s scoreboard for the fixed broadband and superfast broadband market (rollouts and subscriptions) in France as of the end of September 2020 saw a record increase the rate of adoption for Fibre to the Home (FTTH) access, while deployments continued to advance at a very steady pace. At the same time, Arcep […]

December 4, 2020

France: 5G spectrum auction brings €2.8bn

The 5G spectrum auction by French telecom regulatory body Arcep has seen French operators spend €2.78 billion. Orange has won the highest quantity among the eleven 10MHz lots of 5G frequencies in the GHz 3.4-3.8 band, paying €854 million. Its total range of frequencies, (including previous allocations) total 257MHz, the largest on the market. SFR […]

October 2, 2020From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: 5G spectrum auction starts

French telecom regulator Arcep has launched the country’s 5G spectrum auction which had been delayed as result of the Covid-19 pandemic and subsequent lockdown. Operators Bouygues, Orange, Free and SFR are the four players taking part to the bidding which will allocate the eleven 10MHz lots still available into the GHz 3,4-3,8 frequency band. The […]

September 29, 2020From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Orange denounces regulator’s criticism

The Board of Directors at French telco Orange has responded strongly following the publication of an interview in which the Chairman of ARCEP, France’s telecoms regulatory authority, questioned Orange’s strategy in France, the company’s fibre deployment policy and its market position in terms of business telecommunications services. In a Statement, the Board of Directors said […]

July 17, 2020By Colin Mann

France: Fibre drives record telecoms investment

France’s telecoms regulator Arcep’s annual status report on the French telecoms market shows that in 2019, operators in France invested €500 million more than in 2018, for an overall total (excluding spending on frequencies) of €10.4 billion. Investments in nominal terms have increased by close to 50 per cent in five years. For the third […]

June 17, 2020