Arcep awards 4G concessions in overseas territories

17 Oct 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 20 operators have been awarded 4G licences in the French overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint-Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Reunion and Mayotte. The successful candidates were revealed as follows:

• Guadeloupe and Martinique: Orange Caraibe, Free Mobile and Outremer (800MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz), and Digicel Antilles-Francaise Guyane (1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz)

• Saint-Martin and Saint Barthelemy: Orange Caraibe, Free Mobile and Digicel (800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz), and Dauphin Telecom (900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz)

• French Guiana: Orange Caraibe, Outremer and Digicel (800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz), and Free Mobile (900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz)

• Reunion: Orange, SFR Reunion and Telco OI (800MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz) and Zeop Mobile (1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz)

• Mayotte: Orange, SFR Mayotte and Telco OI (800MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz), and BJT Partners (1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz).

The regulator disclosed that it will now discuss the proposed spectrum allocations with the successful candidates in order to determine the preferred positioning in the frequency bands. The spectrum will be awarded in the following weeks, with a view of launching 4G services on 1 December 2016.