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French Regulator Cites Operators for Missing 3G Rollout Obligations

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The French telecoms regulator, Arcep has cited three mobile networks as having missed rollout obligations for their 3G networks in the French overseas departments.

The proceedings concerned three mobile operators: Guadeloupe Téléphone Mobile, Martinique Téléphone Mobile and Guyane Téléphone Mobile, authorised in 2008 to establish a fourth 2G/3G mobile network in their respective departments.

The investigation phase made it possible to ascertain that, to date, these operators had not performed any 2G or 3G network rollouts to provide mobile services.

As a result, on 7 October 2014, the ARCEP body responsible for settling disputes, legal proceedings and investigations ("RDPI") decided to give a formal notice to these three operators, to provide 2G and 3G mobile services covering the entire population that was to be covered under the terms of their respective spectrum licences, by 15 January 2016, with two interim deadlines set for 15 January and 15 April 2015.

Should these three operators fail to meet these obligations, they could face the loss of their operating license.

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