French mobile base reaches 58.905m in June

6 Aug 2009

The number of mobile users in France continued to grow last month, with the total reaching 58.905 million by the end of the month – up 1.2% on the same period a year ago – according to data published by telecoms regulator Arcep. The watchdog said that by the start of July, 91.8% of French residents subscribed to wireless services, up from 88.1% a year ago. Contract users accounted for the lion’s share, or 40.5 million subscribers, at that date, while the pre-paid segment continues to stagnate at around 18 million customers, Arcep said. In the second quarter of this year the country’s network operators, Orange France, SFR and Bouygues Telecom, collectively added a net 678,000 customers, it said. The nation’s MVNO operators continue to edge forwards in the market. By 30 June they controlled 2.9 million mobile users, or 5.3% of the total market, up from 4.6% a year ago. The regulator also reported a rise in demand for mobile internet services with a total of 19.9 million subscribers registered as users by mid-2009, up 18.7% year-on-year.