The total number of French mobile lines reached 56.034 million by 30 June 2008, up 303,300 on the previous quarter, according to data published by the telecoms watchdog Arcep. In the second quarter of this year the country’s cellular providers collectively added 607,000 contract users, but this was offset by a 303,700 decline in the pre-paid user base. The regulator’s quarterly report showed that cellular penetration reached a little over 88% at the mid-year point, up from 83.2% at 30 June 2007. The country’s mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) controlled 4.67% of the market at that date, down marginally on the previous year.
The mobile segment generated quarterly revenues of EUR5.32 billion (USD8.29 billion), up from EUR5.26 billion in the same period a year ago. SMS traffic increased to 7.879 billion messages sent in the period under review, up from 6.913 billion in Q1 2008 and 4.697 billion a year ago. Voice traffic was up 5.2% year-on-year to 35.419 billion minutes.