Telecommunications in France

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Telephones - main lines in use: 35.533 million (year end 2007)

Telephones - mobile cellular: 56.719 million (year end 2007)

Telephone system: highly developed
domestic: extensive cable and microwave radio relay; extensive introduction of fiber-optic cable; domestic satellite system
international: satellite earth stations - 2 Intelsat (with total of 5 antennas - 2 for Indian Ocean and 3 for Atlantic Ocean), NA Eutelsat, 1 Inmarsat (Atlantic Ocean region); HF radiotelephone communications with more than 20 countries

Radio broadcast stations: AM 41, FM about 3,500 (this figure is an approximation and includes many repeaters), shortwave 2 (1998)

Radios: 55.3 million (1997)

Television broadcast stations: 584 (plus 9,676 repeaters) (1995)

Televisions: 34.8 million (1997)

Internet country code: .fr

Internet Service Providers (ISPs): 62 (2000)

Internet hosts: 14.256 million (2008)

Internet users: 31.295 million (2007)


Mobile networks

France currently has 3 mobile networks, Orange, Bouygues Télécom and SFR all of which are licensed for GSM and UMTS. By comparison to other parts of Europe, this is few (for the number of actual operators, using their own physical network). For example, Ireland currently has 4 licenced operators with their own networks despite a smaller and sparser population than France's making improved coverage less economically rewarding. However, France has a number of MVNOs which increases competition.

A fourth GSM and UMTS mobile network is currently under deployment by Free Mobile, which obtained its licence in December 2009[1].

In France, the satellite telecommunications system TELECOM 1 (TC1) will provide high-speed, broadband transfer of digital data between different sections of subscribing companies. Conventional telecommunications links between continental France and its overseas departments will also be supplied.

Broadband Internet access

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