French government approves amendment mandating rural mobile expansion

20 Apr 2015

The French parliament has approved an amendment to the telecoms component of France’s economic reform law ‘Loi Macron’, under which telecoms operators will be required to improve mobile coverage throughout the country, Les Echos reports. Under the new legislation, existing gaps in 2G network coverage in rural areas must be addressed by 2016, while all unserved municipalities in these ‘white areas’ should be covered with 3G/4G networks by 2017. The law will ensure that residents of an estimated 170 municipalities which currently have no access to mobile services will be covered by mobile networks. Further, Loi Macron entrusts telecoms regulator Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) with powers to sanction mobile network operators (MVNOs) who fail to comply with the imposed obligations.

France, Arcep