The number of mobile lines (34,6 millions) for the first time exceeds the number of fixed lines (34 millions) in France

Paris, October 5 2001

France (Metropolitan France and overseas departments) account at September 30 2001, 34.600.100 subscribers to a mobile telephony service, which represents an equipment rate of 57,6% of the population.

Thus, for the first time, the number of mobile telephones exceeds in France that of fixed lines.

· the net growth of subscriptions in the third quarter of year 2001 for each operator was the following:

· Orange France (Metropolitan France, Antilles, La Réunion): 674 200 customers
· SFR (Metropolitan France, La Réunion): 526 300 customers
· Bouygues Telecom (Metropolitan France, Antilles): 277 000 customers
· TOTAL 1.477.500 customers

These statistical data correspond to a contribution to the overall growth of the third quarter respectively of 45,6%, 35,6% and 18,7%.

· the total number of subscribers of the three operators was at September 30 respectively of:
· Orange France 16 600 600 customers
· SFR: 11 750 600 customers
· Bouygues Telecom: 6 248 900 customers

Which corresponds to market shares of:
· 48% for Orange France
· 34% for SFR
· 18% for Bouygues Telecom

· the growth rate of subscriptions (mobile average between September 30 2000 and September 30 2001) amounts to 32%. It is of 4,5% in the third quarter 2001 compared to second quarter 2001.

The mobile market growth in France thus remains constant.


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