French telecoms market | Arcep

French telecoms market | Arcep
French telecoms market | Arcep

The sharing of fiber optic networks continues and that of mobile networks is maintained

Thanks to the different co-investment modalities which make it possible both to encourage investment and to provide guarantees to operators regarding their conditions of access to the network, the share of premises connectable to fiber optic networks eligible for at least four operators increases. It rises to 83% in 2023 compared to 75% in 2022. On mobile networks, the pooling rate is maintained: 47% of mobile network supports are pooled in mainland France, and nearly 60% in rural areas.

After two consecutive years of increase, the nominal income of operators in the retail market increases by 2.5% in 2023

The income of the fixed services market has been increasing since 2020. In 2023, it will show an increase of more than 2% in one year. This increase results from the 5.0% growth in revenue from high-speed and very high-speed services, linked in part to price increases carried out by operators since the end of 2022. Indeed, in the residential market in metropolitan area, the prices of fixed high and very high speed services increased by 2.8% between October 2022 and December 2023, contributing to the increase in the average monthly bill for high and very high speed subscriptions of 4% in one year in 2023.

The mobile market remains dynamic, both in terms of services and sales of mobile terminals by operators, whose revenues increase respectively by + 3% and + 5% in one year in 2023. On the other hand, the prices of offers catalogs are decreasing on mobile due, among other things, to the introduction of new packages including lower data volumes, offers which better meet the demand of certain users, at lower prices. However, some operators’ customers have been faced with increases in the price of their mobile subscription. Overall, price reductions for catalog offers and price increases for some of the operators’ customers contribute to the virtual stabilization of customers’ average monthly bill.

As of December 31, 2023, two thirds of internet subscriptions are fiber optic and just under two in ten SIM cards were active on 5G networks.

SOf a total of 32.3 million internet subscriptions on fixed networks, 21.4 million are subscribed to on fiber optic networks (+ 3.3 million in one year). The latter thus represent 66% of the total number of internet subscriptions at the end of 2023 (+10 points in one year), and mainly replace high or very high speed internet subscriptions on copper networks (8.9 million in 2023, – 2.7 million). In addition, 14 million SIM cards were used on 5G networks in the fourth quarter of 2023. They represent 17% of the 83.4 million mobile cards in service at the end of 2023 (+ 6 points in one year) . The growth in users of 4G and 5G mobile networks goes hand in hand with the increase in data usage. Operator customers consume on average 14.3 GB per month in 2023, up 18% in one year.

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