Arcep clears Iliad for mobile launch

14 Dec 2011

The French telecoms regulator Arcep yesterday confirmed that having audited Iliad’s Free Mobile network, the newcomer is clear to launch as the country’s fourth mobile operator. Arcep has certified that fixed broadband specialist Iliad has successfully covered 27% of the French population with its mobile network. Achieving that level of coverage removes a final obstacle for Iliad and allows it now to activate the national roaming agreement it has signed with Orange France. The roaming deal allows it to sign up customers in areas where its own network is not present and has sparked speculation that Free Mobile may launch within days to take advantage of the Christmas run-up period. The fourth operator is required under the terms of its licence to go live by 12 January 2012, but in recent weeks has been gearing up for launch. Only yesterday, Iliad’s CEO Xavier Niel added fuel to the fire when he issued his first ever tweet: ‘The Rocket is on the launch pad.’

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