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ARCEP has been proactive in its timely review of the market as per the EC's recommendation every three years. While the country fares well in terms of fixed broadband coverage, there is considerable room for improvement in fixed next-generation access (NGA) coverage.


  • France has good fixed broadband coverage, but ranks low in NGA coverage.
  • The upcoming spectrum auction will help operators to roll out commercial 5G services and reduce the urban–rural broadband divide.
  • France has improved fiber network coverage, but take-up remains a challenge.

Features and Benefits

  • Provides a detailed overview of the regulatory environment in the French telecoms sector.
  • Explains spectrum policy and licensing in the country.

Key questions answered

  • What are the services subject to regulation in the French telecoms market?
  • What impact have regulatory and policy changes had on the French telecoms sector over the past few years?

Table of contents


  • In brief
  • Ovum view

Regulatory framework

  • National regulatory authority
  • Key legislation and regulation
  • Current status of market analysis


  • Spectrum policy
  • Wireless licensing

Wholesale fixed regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Voice interconnection
  • Wholesale access
  • Wholesale broadband services

Wholesale mobile regulation

  • Services subject to regulation
  • Mobile termination charges
  • Roaming obligations
  • MVNO access

Other services subject to regulation

  • The retail market
  • The regulation of bundles
  • Quality of service
  • Advertising of broadband speeds
  • Terminating and switching out of contracts
  • VoIP
  • Regulatory position on OTTs
  • Regulatory position on IoT/M2M
  • Numbering policy
  • Data protection regulation

Universal service

  • Universal service provider
  • Universal service fund
  • Universal service obligation for broadband


  • Methodology
  • Author