French Telecommunication Market Report

Publié le par Hamdouni Mohamed

The electronic communications services market in France in the 2nd quarter 2008

Revenues from electronic communications operators (Landline, ISPs and Mobile Network Operators) on the end market were €10.9 billion in the second quarter 2008. Interconnection services and sales on the wholesale market between operators generated €2.1 billion in additional revenues during the quarter.

Revenues from electronic communications services alone on the end market, i.e. excluding operators’ related revenues such as from terminal sales, directories, advertising, hosting or call centre management, was €10.1 billion in the second quarter 2008, for a 3.9% increase over one year.

Traffic from fixed and mobile telephony services represented 53.1 billion minutes in the second quarter 2008, and this volume grew 4.0% over one year.

There were 56.0 million mobile telephony customers in France at the end of the second quarter 2008. Just over two-thirds (67%) of these customers have a flat-rate subscription. The growth in the number of customers reached 6.6% over one year in the second quarter 2008, or 3.5 million new customers. This rate of growth is comparable to that observed since the beginning of 2007.

Mobile multimedia services (access to mobile Internet, MMS) were used by close to 17 million customers during the quarter. Access to these services is rising thanks to 3G terminals and mobile networks (3G). So, the number of active users of 3G services (voice, video phone, mobile television, data transfer, etc.) reached 7.6 million at the end of the second quarter 2008, corresponding to 14% of mobile operator customers. In one year, this number rose by close to three million (+61.3%).

A full 301 000 numbers were ported in the second quarter 2008, almost twice as many as in the second quarter 2007.

Revenues from mobile services (telephony and data transfer) were €4.6 billion in the second quarter 2008. The annual growth rate of these revenues remains relatively high and has held at around 5 to 6% since early 2006 (+5.9% in the second quarter 2008). With €728 million in the second quarter 2008, revenues from data transfer services represented a growing share of mobile services revenues and have grown much more strongly than mobile telephony (+21.5% and +3.4% over one year, respectively).

Mobile telephony traffic represented 26 billion minutes in the second quarter 2008. After high annual growth rates in 2006 (around +15% over one year), this traffic saw a continuous and regular slump throughout 2007 before stabilising at an annual growth rate of about 4% (+3.5% over one year in the second quarter 2008) beginning in the fourth quarter 2007.

The traffic exchanged between mobiles on the same network (“on-net” traffic) stabilised at around 3 to 4% in annual growth (+3.0% over one year in the second quarter 2008) over the past year. The growth in the traffic to third-party mobile networks has been slowing since the beginning of 2007 (+6.5% in the second quarter 2008). The volume of calls to fixed phones has tended to stabilise over the past three quarters (-0.6% over one year in the second quarter 2008).

There were 7.8 billion interpersonnal messages sent during the second quarter 2008. For the third consecutive quarter, the volume of messages grew very strongly with respect to the previous quarter, bringing annual growth to 75.2%. Customers sent an average of 46 SMS per month in the second quarter 2008, compared with 28 a year earlier.

Source: ARCEP (Complete report here)

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