According to data published by French telecoms regulator Arcep, the country’s wireless subscriber base stood at 73.1 million at the end of 2012, up 6.6% year-on-year. Metropolitan France accounted for 70.5 million, with the remaining coming from France’s overseas departments and territories, such as French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Reunion and Mayotte. France’s four mobile network operators – Orange, SFR, Bouygues and Free Mobile – claimed 62.8 million customers, while the share accounted for by mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) fell 0.4% in the fourth quarter of 2012 to 13% of the total.
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