French Mobile and Fixed Price Declines Moderate in 2014

French retail mobile and fixed telecom prices are decreased at a slower rate in 2014, compared to 2013, according to French regulator ARCEP.

Revenue earned by operators totalled €36.8 billion, a 3.4 percent decrease over the previous year, following a drop of 7.3 percent in 2013.

ARCEP says the moderating declines were driven by a more-moderate decline in fixed telephone service revenues as well as  and also by a similar trend in mobile pricing in the residential market segment in 2014.

The price of fixed services decreased by an average of one percent in 2014. In 2013, prices actually grew by 2.6 percent. Fixed network prices have been roughly flat since 2012, ARCEP notes.  

Retail high speed access prices decreased by 2.7 percent in 2014, following a  2.7 percent increase in 2013.

Overall, prices for faster access services between 2012 and 2014 were flat, down about 0.2 percent.

Though arguing that mobile service prices remained relatively stable over the course of 2014, ARCEP also says that post-paid contract prices (flat rate plans, which account for 85 percent of the market in terms of volume) decreased by 13.5 percent, compared to a drop of 25.6 percent in 2013.

Prepaid card prices increase since 2011 and were up 7.5 percent in 2014, on average.
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