Regulator says French telcos need to up investment significantly

5 May 2011

Jean-Ludovic Silicani, the head of France’s national telecoms regulatory authority Arcep, has warned domestic operators that they will need to find an additional EUR1.5 billion (USD2.2 billion) per annum on top of their existing fixed and mobile CAPEX budgets over the next 15 years. In an interview with Les Echos, Silicani said that in 2010 French telcos invested EUR6 billion – a record high – which is helping the country to achieve a satisfactory level of competition in the market. The Arcep official also told the paper that mobile revenues from the network operators are expanding by between 1% and 2% a year, although tariffs are down 3%-4%.