Telecoms operator sales represent 2.3% of French GDP at 1st quarter

Paris, 22 October 2001

<font size="3"><em>Autorité de régulation des télécommunications</em></font><font size="3"> (ART) published today the fifth edition of its quarterly survey of telecommunications operators. This Observatory presents the results of the first quarter 2001.</font>

  • <font size="3">The end client market</font>

<font size="3">During the first quarter 2001, operators generated sales of €7.7 billion, representing 2.3% of France's GDP (compared with 2.1% the previous year). These figures are up 11.6% from the first quarter 2000 (27.8% in volume).</font>

<font size="3">Mobile telephony—up by almost 4.7% from the previous quarter, and 25% over a year—now represents 30.6% of total sector sales, compared with 27.3% a year earlier.</font>


<font face="Tahoma" size="2">(in millions of euros)</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Q1 2000</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Q2 2000</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Q3 2000</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">Q4 2000</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">Q1 2001</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">Variation Q1 2001&nbsp;/ Q4 2000</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">Variation Q1 2001&nbsp;/ Q1 2000</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Fixed telephony </font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">3 872</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">3 765</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">3 741</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">3 835</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">3 956</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+3.2%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+2.2%</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Internet access</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">20</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">29</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">39</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">40</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">64</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+60.0%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+220.0%</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Mobile telephony </font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">1 877</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">1 983</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">2 133</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">2 241</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">2 347</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+4.7%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+25.0%</font>









<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Telephony and Internet</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">5 769</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">5 777</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">5 913</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">6 115</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">6 367</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+4.1%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+10.4%</font>









<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Advanced services</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">435</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">422</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">448</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">435</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">432</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">-0.7%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">-0.7%</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Leased links</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">432</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">448</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">584</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">568</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">600</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+5.6%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+38.9%</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Data transport </font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">121</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">146</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">144</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">136</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">175</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+28.7%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+44.6%</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Information, directory sales and advertising</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">105</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">115</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">78</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">100</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">87</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">-13.0%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">-17.1%</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Call centre hosting and management</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">7</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">21</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">16</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">12</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">8</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">-33.3%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+14.3%</font>









<font face="Tahoma" size="2">Total market</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">6 869</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">6 929</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">7 183</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">7 366</font>

<font face="Tahoma" size="2">7 669</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+4.1%</font>

<font face="Arial" size="2">+11.6%</font>

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  • <font size="3">The interconnection market</font>

<font size="3">For the first quarter 2001, the intermediate operator market, i.e. the interconnection market, showed sales of €1.637 billion compared with €1.323 billion at the first quarter 2000, for an increase of 23.7%. This market grew 32.3% in volume during the same period.</font>


  • <font size="3">The fixed telephony market</font>


  • <font size="3">Subscriptions and access fees represented €1.377 billion (+7.6% year on year), for one third of the fixed telephony market.</font>

  • <font size="3">Sales for calls made from fixed lines (excluding access, subscription, cards and public telephones) represented €2.320 billion, for a 3.4% drop over one year.</font>

  • <font size="3">The inventory of fixed lines was 34.015 million lines compared with 33.877 million at the 1<sup>st</sup> quarter 2000; 5.104 million of fixed telephone subscribers used call-by-call carrier selection, while 2.866 million chose pre-selection.</font>

  • <font size="3">The Internet access market grew threefold, in volume, in one year.</font>

  • <font size="3">The number of call minutes from fixed telephones (including Internet) grew from 36.882 billion at Q1 2000 to 47.568 billion at Q1 2001, for a 28.9% increase.</font>


  • <font size="3">The mobile telephony market</font>


  • <font size="3">Sales for mobile services continued to grow: +25% year on year, reaching €2.319 billion at Q1 2001.</font>

  • <font size="3">The monthly bill for mobile subscribers was €25.40, down 10.6% over the previous year.</font>

  • <font size="3">Average monthly traffic volumes represent 115.6 minutes, down 9.1% in one year.</font>