11 April 2002
The Mobile Observatory, published each quarter by the "Autorité de régulation des télécommunications" (ART) has changed. From now on, it will take into consideration the fact that certain operators customers, who use the prepaid formula, are not active.
The method for calculating the number of active prepaid clients proposed jointly by the three mobile operators and approved by ART is now as follows: "active prepaid clients are those who have made or received a call during the last three months. Only phone calls are counted, whether free or paid. SMS are not included in the calculation".
This evolution, which has been presented recently to the "Commission Consultative des Radiocommunications" (CCR), is part of the move to harmonise the definition of active prepaid clients at the European level.
Given the time required for the operators to process this information, the Observatory for the first quarter 2002 will be published as soon as the required elements are received, during the second half of April.