With 2,577,800 new subscribers in December, France now has over 20.5 million mobile telephone subscribers

Paris, 11 January 2000

The Autorité de régulation des télécommunications (ART) recently released the numbers for mobile telephone subscriber numbers for the month of December.

ART reminds readers that it publishes a mobile telephony Observatory each month. This Observatory is the only recognized reference for the market. Before waiting for the complete document for December, which will be published sometime next week, ART has already released the figures as of 31 December 1999 for mobile telephony.

Mobile telephone sales broke all records this past Christmas season, with 2.5 million people in France subscribing to one of the three French operators (Itinéris and Améris – in the Antilles – for France Télécom; SFR and SRR – in Reunion – for Cegetel; Bouygues Télécom)

The 20 million subscriber mark was topped by 31 December 1999, as shown in the table below.

  <font size="2"><strong>Number of subscriptions 31 December 1999</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>Net growth for the months of December</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>Net growth over the past six months</strong></font>
<font size="2"><strong>Itinéris</strong></font> <font size="2">9,848,800</font> <font size="2">1,192,500</font> <font size="2">2,963,300</font>
<font size="2"><strong>Améris</strong></font> <font size="2">202,200</font> <font size="2">29,400</font> <font size="2">67,000</font>
<font size="2"><strong>Groupe France Télécom</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>10,051,000</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>1,221,900</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>3,030,300</strong></font>
<font size="2"><strong>France Télécom market share</strong></font> <font size="2">48.7%</font> <font size="2">47.4%</font>  
 
<font size="2"><strong>SFR</strong></font> <font size="2">7,223,800</font> <font size="2">856,100</font> <font size="2">2,065,100</font>
<font size="2"><strong>SRR</strong></font> <font size="2">111,000</font> <font size="2">7,400</font> <font size="2">32,500</font>
<font size="2"><strong>Groupe Cegetel</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>7,334,800</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>863,500</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>2,097,600</strong></font>
<font size="2"><strong>Cegetel market share</strong></font> <font size="2">35.6%</font> <font size="2">33.5%</font>  
 
<font size="2"><strong>Bouygues Télécom</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>3,233,200</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>492,400</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>1,274,200</strong></font>
<font size="2"><strong>Bouygues Télécom market share</strong></font> <font size="2">15.7%</font> <font size="2">19.1%</font>  
 
<font size="2"><strong>TOTAL</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>20,619,100</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>2,577,800</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>6,402,100</strong></font>
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The table shows that over one in three French citizens now owns a cell phone: the penetration rate has reached 34.3%.

  <font size="2"><strong>31 December 99</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>31 December 98</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>31 December 97</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>31 December 96</strong></font>
<font size="2"><strong>Groupe France Télécom</strong></font> <font size="2">10,051,000</font> <font size="2">5,552,000</font> <font size="2">3,080,000</font> <font size="2">1,430,000</font>
<font size="2"><strong>Groupe Cegetel</strong></font> <font size="2">7,334,000</font> <font size="2">4,251,000</font> <font size="2">2,231,000</font> <font size="2">941,000</font>
<font size="2"><strong>Bouygues Télécom</strong></font> <font size="2">3,233,000</font> <font size="2">1,406,000</font> <font size="2">505,000</font> <font size="2">90,000</font>
<font size="2"><strong>Total</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>20,619,000</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>11,210,000</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>5,817,000</strong></font> <font size="2"><strong>1,302,000</strong></font>
<font size="2"><strong>Annual growth</strong></font> <font size="2">9,408,000</font> <font size="2">5,392,000</font> <font size="2">3,354,000</font>  
<font size="2"><strong>% of annual growth</strong></font> <font size="2">84%</font> <font size="2">93%</font> <font size="2">136%</font>  
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The table above shows the extraordinary rise in the number of mobile telephone subscriptions; the number has been multiplied by 16 in just three years.


Linked documents

  Consult the cell phone observatory