Arcep orders Free Caraibe to comply with deployment obligations by end-2021

11 Jan 2021

French telecoms regulator Arcep has published Decision No. 2020-1455-RDPI, ordering Free Caraibe to comply with its first deployment obligations in the French overseas territories (FOT) of Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin by 31 December 2021. Under the terms and obligations of its frequency authorisation No. 2017-1038, the operator was required to provide mobile services to 50% of the population in Guadeloupe and Martinique, 30% in French Guiana and 75% in Saint Barthelemy and Saint Martin by November 2018, though it missed the deadline. In October 2020 the operator stated that it had inked a mobile network sharing agreement with Digicel on 3 February 2020, for the creation of as joint company – Madiacom – and the transfer of Digicel’s mobile network in the new unit. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic the implementation of the project had been delayed, with Free Caraibe now given until the end of 2021 to fulfil its obligations.

French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, Saint-Martin, Arcep, Digicel Group, Free Mobile, Free Mobile (French Guiana), Free Mobile (Guadeloupe), Free Mobile (Martinique), Free Mobile (Saint Barthelemy), Free Mobile (Saint-Martin)