France’s telecoms industry regulator Arcep has published its findings on the mobile communications market in France and its overseas territories for the period ended 30 March 2012. The watchdog reported that the total number of mobile service customers in metropolitan France and the overseas territories stood at 70.4 million, thanks to net additions of 900,000 SIMs in the quarter. Cellular penetration reached 107.9% of the population. Net growth in the second quarter of 2012 was similar to the level seen in the first quarter, which far outstripped the average for the preceding five years (of 300,000 SIMs), as Free Mobile continues to make a significant impact on the mainland.
In Metropolitan France the subscriber base rose 695,000 to 60.1 million. The market share claimed by mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) increased slightly during the quarter, from 11.21% in Q1 2012 to 11.35% in Q2 2012. MVNOs served a total of 7.7 million subscribers at the end of June 2012.