Free Mobile has introduced its services in Guadeloupe, Martinique and Saint-Martin, with an imminent launch scheduled for French Guiana. The company developed its network in partnership with Nokia, with advertised population coverage of over 90% at launch. Thomas Reynaud, managing director of the Iliad group, was cited as saying: ‘We are going to invest EUR100 million [USD107 million] in total. We have already disbursed EUR30 million for 3G, 4G, 4G+ but also for 5G.’ The operator offers one simple, non-binding plan with unlimited calls and SMS and 120GB of data over 4G/4G+ (25GB in roaming).
Elsewhere, Altice France subsidiary SFR Caraibe has launched its budget brand RED in the French overseas territories (FOTs) of Guadeloupe, French Guiana and Martinique. Named ‘RED by SFR Caraibe’, the new entrant is currently offering a post-paid plan costing EUR12.99 (USD13.91) per month; the tariff includes an unlimited voice and SMS allowance and 150GB of data across SFR’s LTE/LTE-A footprint.