Jean-Ludovic Silicani, the outgoing president of French telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep), has confirmed that domestic cellco Free Mobile will meet its 3G coverage obligations prior to the deadline of 15 January 2015, La Tribune reports. The official was cited as saying: ‘According to the information available to date, Free should be able to meet its obligation to cover 75% of the population with its own frequency by mid-January.’
TeleGeography notes that in mid-January 2010 Arcep concluded the formal handover of the country’s fourth 3G licence to fixed line operator Iliad’s newly created wireless unit Free Mobile. The Iliad group committed to launching its network within two years of the award of the licence, and it duly went on to introduce commercial services in mid-January 2012. The newcomer, which paid EUR240 million (USD296 million) for the concession, is obliged to cover at least 75% of the population with its own 3G network by 12 January 2015 and 90% of the population by 12 January 2018.