In France, 92 percent of residents use a mobile: report

Wed Aug 5, 2009 12:07pm EDT
 
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PARIS (Reuters) - The number of mobile users continues to rise in France with 91.8 percent of residents subscribing to wireless services as of end-June, up from 88.1 percent a year ago, the telecoms regulator said on Wednesday.

French wireless operators, including Orange, Bouygues Telecom and SFR, together attracted 678,000 customers during the second quarter, raising the total number by 1.2 percent against the same period last year.

In 2008, quarterly growth reached 0.5 percent year-on-year, Arcep said.

Mobile virtual network operators, (MVNOs) which buy minutes wholesale from incumbents, counted 2.9 million subscribers by the end of June, giving them a market share of 5.3 percent against 4.6 percent at the same time last year.

As of June 30, France had 58.905 million wireless service subscribers.

(Reporting by Cyril Altmeyer, writing by Astrid Wendlandt)

 
<p>A woman holds a BIC phone in front of the Eiffel Tower in Paris August 7, 2008. REUTERS/Benoit Tessier</p>