18 Jul 2013
Paris-based Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) has unveiled a ‘broad public consultation’ covering mobile frequency assignments in a number of French overseas territories, namely Reunion, Mayotte, Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Martinique, Saint-Barthelemy, Saint-Martin and Saint Pierre & Miquelon. Stakeholders are invited to send their contributions to Arcep by 30 September 2013. The consultation, which is being led by Victorin Lurel, France’s overseas minister, and Fleur Pellerin, Minister for the Digital Economy, will focus on the following spectrum bands: 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz. Earlier this year Lurel and Pellerin revealed that plans were underway for the introduction of Long Term Evolution (LTE) licences in the overseas markets, and the consultation will seek to establish suitability and pricing for 4G spectrum.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the following mobile operators are active across the various French overseas territories: Orange Caraibes, Digicel Antilles Francaise Guyane and Outremer Telecom (all French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique); UTS and Dauphin Telecom (Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy); Orange Reunion-Mayotte, Outremer Telecom and SRR/SFR Mayotte (all Reunion and Mayotte); and SPM Telecom (Saint Pierre & Miquelon).