Paris, 31 March 2015
Today, ARCEP is publishing a summary of the contributions received from stakeholders to its public consultation on the "Strategic review of spectrum for superfast mobile," which ran from 16 December 2014 to 16 February 2015. At a time when mobile internet traffic continues to increase at a tremendous pace, the purpose of this consultation was to examine the two courses of action that would help continue and accelerate the ongoing modernisation of mobile networks:
- refarming existing frequencies, using more efficient technologies;
- making new frequencies available, notably those in the 700 MHz band.
The document submitted to consultation received 46 contributions from a wide variety of market stakeholders, including telecom operators, equipment suppliers, trade associations and local authority associations. ARCEP welcomes mobile operators' interest in 700 MHz band frequencies, which are vital to the future development of superfast mobile.
The public consultation made it possible to confirm the past and upcoming exponential increase in data traffic on superfast mobile networks. Three courses of action can be taken to meet this challenge:
- make access technologies more efficient;
- optimise network architectures;
- make additional frequencies available.
The feedback from stakeholders will help deepen ARCEP's forward-looking analysis of all of the topics addressed during the consultation. In the short term, they will inform the work that ARCEP is doing on forthcoming 700 MHz band allocations in Metropolitan France.
In tandem with the Government, ARCEP will now finalise its draft of the call for applications that will make it possible to allocate these frequencies. The target is to issue the call in July 2015.
- Press release of 16 December 2014 launching the consultation
- Summary of the public consultation (pdf - 913 Ko) (pdf - in French only)
- Stakeholders' contributions (zip - 20 Mo) (zip - 20 Mo)
- First lessons (pdf - 231 Ko) (pdf)