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.