Free Mobile meets network rollout requirements

29 Feb 2012

The French telecoms regulator Arcep has confirmed that the country’s newest cellular network operator, Iliad subsidiary Free Mobile, is meeting its coverage commitments. Some competitors had voiced concerns that the low-cost operator was directing traffic over infrastructure belonging to its roaming partners rather than using its own overloaded network, but Arcep has revealed that Free has an operational network which covers 27% of the population, thereby meeting the minimum coverage levels required under its licence. Earlier this month Free Mobile roaming partner France Telecom-Orange claimed that its network was handling 97% of Free Mobile’s calls and that the new cellco was under-using its own infrastructure.

France, Arcep, Free Mobile (Iliad)