Free Disrupts French Mobile Market

BOSTON -- French operator Iliad's entry into the mobile market, under the Free Mobile brand gained 8 percent of the market within five quarters, forcing other players to rethink their positioning, according to a new report from Pyramid Research (www.pyr.com).

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New mobile entrant Free Mobile captured 5.2 million subscriptions by year-end 2012, or 7.3 percent of the market, at the expense of the rest of the players, including third-ranked Bouygues and the MVNOs, notes Ozgur Aytar, Research Director at Pyramid Research and author of the report. By 2018, Free is expected to have a 19.6 percent share. Free's service blends HSPA+, Wi-Fi and an all-fiber backbone to offer unlimited voice, texting and data for a flat fee of $25 in a market where customers would have to pay two to three times that to get something similar. This prompted the incumbent MNOs to introduce simplified plans with SIM-only or handset options. Orange, for example, reduced the number of its plans from 14 to 8, cut pricing by 20-30 percent and added new services, including customized statement, smartphone support, premium services with Internet volume and speed options for 4G access, music through Deezer, unlimited calls and cloud data storage.

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speedo1456 7/19/2014 | 7:31:10 PM
Disrupting with improvements? The Free mobile competitor disrupts the established market could be a good thing since competition in general can have a positive effect for the consumers.
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