Telecom industry Opportunities

An Expert's View about IT and Telecommunications in France

Last updated: 21 Aug 2011

The French government has put in place a major plan aiming at developing the country’s digital economy by 2012. The Minister of Industry has announced that fourth generation (4G) mobile licences will be issued before the end of 2011.

Sector briefing French opportunities in the Telecom industry Why France? France is one of the major and most advanced European economies with strong reputation for technological sophistication and high R&D spending. Orange (France Telecom) is forecast to continue to be the largest operator and its subscriber base will increase from 26.3 million in 2009 to 29 million in 2014. The French government has put in place a major plan aiming at developing the country?s digital economy by 2012. The Minister of Industry has announced that fourth- generation (4G) mobile licences will be issued before the end of 2011. ?? the Minister of Industry Motorola set up a major telecommunications centre of excellence in Toulouse (GSM, GPRS, has announced that 4G mobile UMTS). LG Electronics has a mobile telephone licences will be issued before research centre in Paris, while Yahoo opened the end of 2011 and has its biggest European R&D centre in Grenoble in launched a call for tender on 2008. 30th of May 2011. ? France has 45,000 telecommunications researchers, working primarily at France Find general information on the French market Telecom and in major public-sector conditions on our UKTI's website. The Doing laboratories: GET (Group of Business Guide for France gives an overview of Telecommunications Schools), INRIA (French France?s economy, business culture, potential National Institute for Research in Computer opportunities and an introduction to other Science and Control) and CNRS (French relevant issue. National Centre for Scientific Research). France?s UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: French opportunities in the telecom Industry OPPORTUNITIES MAJOR EVENTS & ACTIVITIES ? A fourth mobile operator was licensed in COMMUNICATIONS OVER IP ? VOIP EXPO 2010. FREE obtained the licence and it is March 2012 expected to lead to increased competition CNIT, Paris La Défense in 2011. ? New attention on MVNOs could see RFID Show operators offering more competitive rates, 27-30 Mars 2012 enabling them to lower prices and squeeze Paris La Défense, CNIT greater growth out of the French market. ? The government has launched a call for IP Convergence Expo tender in order to issue 4G licence by October 2012 December 2011 PARIS EXPO ? Porte de Versailles If you have any questions on the opportunities above contact the UKTI team in this report. Find full details of all events in this Business opportunities aimed specifically at UK country and sector on the UKTI website. companies are added daily to UKTI?s website. These leads are sourced by our staff overseas New export events are added daily to the site in British Embassies, High Commissions and and you can register to be alerted to them on a Consulates, across all sectors and in over 100 daily, weekly or monthly basis markets. UKTI?s Tradeshow Access Programme (TAP) You can be alerted to business opportunities on provides grant support for eligible Small & a regular basis by registering on the UKTI Medium Sized Enterprises (SME's) to attend website. Find out more on UKTI?s business trade shows overseas. Find out more about opportunities service on the UKTI website. UKTI support for attendance at overseas events UK Trade & Investment Sector briefing: France?s opportunities in the telecom industry Next steps - KEY TRADE ASSOCIATIONS How UKTI can help ARCEP - Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes British companies wishing to develop their 7, square Max Hymans - 75015 Paris Cedex 15 business in the French market are advised to Tel: +33 (0)1 40 47 70 00 undertake as much market research and (info may be available in planning as possible in the UK. UKTI?s team in English) France with its wide local knowledge and experience, can provide a range of services to Description: The ARCEP is the French British-based companies wishing to grow their Telecommunications regulator (equivalent of business in global markets. the OFCOM in the UK). This can include: AFOM - Association des Opérateurs Mobiles ? Provision of market information 23, rue d?Artois - 75008 Paris ? Validated lists of agents/distributors Tel: +33 (0)1 56 88 60 00 ? Key market players or potential customers in the Chinese market ? Establishment of interest of such Description: AFOM is the association of contacts in working with you. mobile operators (Orange, Bouygues Telecom, ? Arranging appointments SFR + MVNO) ? Organise seminars or other events for you to meet contacts and promote your AFORS TELECOM company in the Chinese market 30, rue Cambacérès - 75008 Paris This work is available via our Overseas Market Tel: +33 (0)1 56 88 14 00 Introduction Service (OMIS) a chargeable service which assists British-based companies wishing to enter or expand their business in overseas markets. UKTI Contacts To find out more about commissioning this Isabelle Hurley work, or accessing other UKTI services and Senior Trade Officer ICT & related services specialist advice, please visit the UKTI website British Consulate, LYON to find contact details for your local UKTI Tel: +33 (0) 4 72 77 81 78 office. Email: Marjorie Guillaume Deputy Trade Advisor ICT & related services British Embassy, PARIS Tel: +33 (0) 1 44 51 32 73 Email: Whereas every effort has been made to ensure that the information given in this document is accurate, neither UK Trade & Investment nor its parent Departments (the Department for Business, Innovation & Skills, and the Foreign & Commonwealth Office), accept liability for any errors, omissions or misleading statements, and no warranty is given or responsibility accepted as to the standing of any individual, firm, company or other organisation mentioned. Published 2011 by UK Trade & Investment. 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Posted: 21 August 2011, last updated 21 August 2011

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