Arcep considering plans to issue fourth 3G licence?

4 Jul 2006

According to Ovum, the French telecoms regulator Arcep is considering plans to issue a fourth 3G licence and to that end is holding a consultation over the summer to gauge interest in its initiative. The country is currently home to three UMTS licensees – Orange France, SFR and Bouygues Telecom. The first two received their 20-year concessions in January 2001, while Bouygues had to wait until September 2002 for its permit. The regulator is also said to be using the consultation as a vehicle to examine plans to reuse 2G frequencies in the 900MHz band for use with 3G services. Orange and SFR are already thought to be interested in rolling out UMTS in the 2G band.

France, Bouygues Telecom, Orange France, SFR