Arcep reveals applicants for 4G spectrum in overseas territories

12 May 2016

French telecoms watchdog Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, Arcep) has announced that a total of 25 operators have submitted bids for 4G licences in the French overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint-Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Reunion and Mayotte. The applicants were revealed as follows:

• Guadeloupe and Martinique: Dauphin Telecom, Digicel Antilles-Francaise Guyane, Free Mobile (Iliad Group), NomoTech, Orange Caraibe (Orange Group) and SFR Caraibe (Altice Group)

• French Guiana: Dauphin Telecom, Digicel, Free Mobile, NomoTech, Orange Caraibe and SFR Caraibe

• Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy: Dauphin Telecom, Digicel, Free Mobile, Orange Caraibe and UTS Caraibes

• Reunion: Orange, SFR Reunion (Altice Group), Telco OI (Iliad Group and Hiridjee Group) and Zeop Mobile

• Mayotte: BJT Partners, Orange, SFR Mayotte (Altice Group) and Telco OI (Iliad Group and Hiridjee)

The regulator disclosed that it will now study the applications, with the available spectrum – in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands (yet unallocated overseas), along with additional frequencies in the 900MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands – scheduled to be awarded in the autumn of 2016. Arcep will issue four 4G concessions in each of the territories.