Arcep has selected the successful candidates for new frequencies, and opens the way for new operators
Paris, 13 October 2016
To further the development of superfast mobile access in France's overseas
markets, on a proposal from Arcep the Government issued calls for applications
for the allocation of new frequencies.
Arcep examined the 25 applications it received based on the five selection
criteria listed in the tender document:
- The project's consistency and credibility,
- The consistency and credibility of the business plan,
- Contribution to digital regional development,
- Contribution to stimulating the market with affordable products adapted
to new consumer habits,
- Job creation and investment.
Once its examination was complete, Arcep selected four successful candidates
in each of the five geographical areas in question.
||Guadeloupe - Martinique
||St Barthélemy - St Martin
Successful candidates in each of the five geographical areas
The successful candidates will be allocated new frequencies in the following
- 800 MHz (only the first three awardees);
- 900 MHz (only in French Guiana and in St Barthélemy and St Martin);
- 1800 MHz;
- 2.1 GHz;
- 2.6 GHz.
The procedure resulted in Arcep selecting a new entrant operator in several
departments and territories:
- Free Mobile in Martinique, in Guadeloupe, in French Guiana and in Saint
Barthélemy and Saint Martin;
- ZEOP Mobile (Océinde Group) in Réunion.
Today, Arcep is launching the final stage of the procedure, which consists
of a dialogue with the operators to determine the positioning of each parties'
frequencies in each of the bands. This will take several weeks. Arcep will then
allocate the frequencies to the operators, with a view to enabling the commercial
rollout of 4G services on 1 December 2016.