24 Feb 2014
Following a consultation covering mobile frequency assignments in the 700MHz, 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz frequency bands in a number of French overseas territories, Paris-based Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) has decided to launch 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) licence awards procedures in Reunion, Mayotte, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guiana, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy in 1H 2014. Arnaud Montebourg, France’s Minister for Industrial Renewal, Victorin Lurel, France’s overseas minister, Fleur Pellerin, the country’s Minister of Digital Economy, and Arcep will be issuing calls for applications in the first half of 2014. Further, the regulator pointed out that in Saint Pierre and Miquelon the required spectrum can be allocated as requested without a call for application, in accordance with CPCE Article L42-1.
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).