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Introduction

On October 26, 2017 the French telecoms regulator ARCEP published advice to the Senate on how the country will achieve nationwide digital coverage.

Highlights

  • The regulator highlighted the importance of mobile coverage because mobile networks have become the main method used by the public to access the internet.

Features and Benefits

  • Analyzes ARCEP's key reforms and recommendations.
  • Compares France's progress toward achieving nationwide broadband coverage against the EU5.

Key questions answered

  • What recommendations has the regulator made to accelerate the rollout of broadband and superfast broadband connections?
  • How do France's fixed and mobile policies compare with the EU5?

Table of contents

Ovum view

  • Summary
  • The importance of improving mobile network coverage to achieve broadband targets should not be underestimated
  • Operators need to adhere to a stricter roadmap for broadband rollouts and be held accountable by the regulator
  • ARCEP will need to continue to monitor Orange to ensure it sticks to its non-discrimination and transparency commitments

Appendix

  • Further reading
  • Author

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