Paris, 17 July 2013
As a follow-up to the symposium on digital affairs in France's overseas territories, Journée du numérique Outre-mer, that was hosted on 31 May 2013 by Victorin Lurel, the Minister for Overseas France, and Fleur Pellerin, Junior Minister for Small and Medium Enterprises, Innovation and the Digital economy, in tandem with Arnaud Montebourg, the Minister for Industrial renewal, the French Government and the Electronic communications and postal regulatory authority (ARCEP) are launching a broad public consultation on mobile frequency allocations in the overseas territories.
This consultation concerns those overseas territories covered by the national postal and electronic communications code, namely Reunion, Mayotte, Guadeloupe, Guyana, Martinique, Saint Barthélemy, Saint Martin and Saint Pierre and Miquelon.
It is part of the Government's broadband and superfast broadband development policy, aimed at achieving balanced development in the territories, a state of dynamic competition and providing support for economic activity and jobs in overseas France.
The purpose of the consultation is to obtain information on overseas operators' requirements in all of the mobile frequency bands, particularly with a view to developing superfast mobile systems, along with analyses and feedback from all stakeholders on the terms and conditions for issuing frequency licences in the overseas departments and territories.
The deadline for responses is 30 September 2013.
The Public consultation (pdf - in French)