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London, United Kingdom, 2010/02/18 - ReportBuyer.com, the online destination for business intelligence for major industry sectors, has added a new report.
The report “France - Telecoms IP Networks Digital Media and Forecasts” provides a comprehensive overview of trends and developments in France’s telecommunications market. The report analyses trends and developments in telecommunications, mobile, Internet, broadband, digital TV and converging media including VoIP, VoD and IPTV developments.
According to the 138 page report, France retains the third largest telecom market in Europe. Revenue from the fixed market has been propped up by the broadband sector while fixed-telephony continues to suffer from a combination of price competition and the migration to VoIP and mobile-only solutions. Fixed broadband subscribers are expected to increase from 17.7m in 2008 to 21.7m in 2010.
Investment in the telecom sector, having shown a slight increase to €6.5 billion in 2008, is evenly divided between the fixed-line and mobile sectors. Investment is expected to have fallen by about 2-3% in 2009, with only marginal recovery in 2010 and 2011 as a result of the economic downturn and a consumer slowdown in discretionary spend. Nevertheless, this is likely to be restricted to the high-end market.
Although competition is strong, since 2005 the market has been affected by considerable consolidation through mergers and acquisitions among a number of major players. This has led to the creation of an oligopoly composed of a few major players, which benefit from having a reach and size enabling them to invest in network upgrades and promote some of Europe’s most sophisticated bundled service offers.
In the fibre sector, France remains one of the few countries in Europe with extensive fibre deployment and competition. By early 2010 there were some six million homes passed by fibre. In coming years the sector will benefit from the regulator having been an early initiator of rules to aid deployment through providing access to ducts.
Mobile broadband services available on HSPA in 2010 will be complemented by emerging LTE deployments. France enjoys some of the cheapest mobile broadband plans in the world. The government’s Digital France 2012 plan includes the allocation of the 790-862MHz band for mobile broadband services to help extend the service to rural communities, and so realise plans for broadband to be a universal service accessible by all citizens by 2012.
The report “France - Telecoms IP Networks Digital Media and Forecasts” is available from Report Buyer.