3G: ARCEP reviews the introduction of 3G in the OD. GSM: a new operator authorised to extend its GSM activity in Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana.

Paris, 5 June 2008

Initial review of the licensing procedure for 3G mobile operators in the OD

Following expressions of interest by certain market players, ARCEP opened its first-come-first-served 3G licensing procedure in the 2.1 GHz band for overseas departments and collectivities on 30 January 2008. The introduction of the third generation based on the UMTS standard (3G) is an opportunity for consumers living overseas to receive new or more advanced services, in terms of speed, than can be offered by the GSM second generation, just like residents of Metropolitan France.

Since the band’s opening,

  • three mobile operators have been licensed for Réunion: Orange Réunion, SRR and Outremer Télécom
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  • two mobile operators have been licensed for Antilles/Guyana: Orange Caraïbes and Outremer Télécom
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Each of these was already present for 2G in the areas for which they were licensed for 3G. The first commercial 3G launches could be made by the end of 2008, and these operators are required to deploy a network covering at least 70% of the population in each of the areas in which they were licensed by 2013.

Extension of current GSM mobile operators’ activity in the Caribbean

Plus, as part of the first-come first-served GSM frequency licensing procedure opened in 2000, ARCEP has just licensed a new 2G entrant in each of the three overseas departments in the Caribbean arch: Guadeloupe Téléphone Mobile, Guyane Téléphone Mobile and Martinique Téléphone Mobile.

The licensing of these three companies is part of an extension of the operator UTS Caraïbes (owned by the UTS NV group, the incumbent of the Dutch Antilles), already licensed to operate a GSM network in Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy. These companies have also indicated that they eventually plan to extend their activity to 3G.

Overseas mobile operators

The following mobile operators are present in overseas departments and collectivities:

LIST OF OVERSEAS OPERATORS AT 3RD JUNE 2008

Departments
Collectivities

2G

3G

Operators

Minimum coverage requirement

Operators

Minimum coverage requirement

Martinique

Guadeloupe

Orange Caraïbes
Digicel AFG
Outremer Télécom

Guadeloupe Téléphone Mobile
Martinique Téléphone Mobile

90% of the population



90% of the population
in 2013

Orange Caraïbes
Outremer Télécom

70% of the population in 2013

Guyana

Orange Caraïbes
Digicel AFG
Outremer Télécom

Martinique Téléphone Mobile

80% of the population



90% of the population
in 2013

Orange Caraïbes
Outremer Télécom

70% of the population in 2013

Saint Martin

Saint Barthélemy

Orange Caraïbes
Digicel AFG
Outremer Télécom
Dauphin Télécom
UTS Caraïbes

90% of the population

Orange Caraïbes

70% of the population in 2013

Reunion

Orange Réunion

SRR
Outremer Télécom

95% of the population

90% of the population

Orange Réunion
SRR
Outremer Télécom

70% of the population in 2013

Mayotte

SRR
Outremer Télécom
Orange Réunion

90% of the population

 

 

Saint Pierre et Miquelon

SAS SPM Télécom

99% of the population

 

 

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The first-come first-served 2G and 3G licensing procedures remain open for all players wishing to deploy a second- or third-generation mobile network in overseas departments and collectivities.

N.B.: The next issue of La Lettre de l’Autorité will be released in a few days, and will focus on overseas telecoms.


Linked documents

The abovementioned decisions are available (only in French ):

Smiley Decision n° 2008-0607 (pdf - 170 Ko) about Guyane Téléphone Mobile in Guyana Smiley

Smiley Decision n° 2008-0606 (pdf - 169 Ko) about Martinique Téléphone Mobile in Martinique Smiley

Smiley Decision n° 2008-0605 (pdf - 169 Ko) about Guadeloupe Téléphone Mobile in Guadeloupe Smiley

Smiley Decision n° 2008-0519 (pdf - 184 Ko) about Outremer Télécom in Overseas Departments Smiley

Smiley Decision n° 2008-0428 (pdf - 183 Ko) about SRR in Overseas Departments Smiley

Smiley Décision n° 2008-0399 (pdf - 189 Ko) about Orange Caraïbes in Overseas Departments Smiley

Smiley Décision n° 2008-0398 (pdf - 183 Ko) about Orange Réunion in Overseas Departments <p