France Communications System


France Telephones – fixed lines:

total subscriptions: 38.687 million (2017 est.)

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 58 (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 6

France Telephones – mobile cellular:

total subscriptions: 69.017 million (2017 est.)

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 103 (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 22

France Telephone system:

general assessment: extensive cable and microwave radio relay; extensive use of fiber-optic cable; domestic satellite system; highly developed; 3rd largest in Europe; broadband subscriber rate remains strong at 4%

domestic: 58 per 100 persons for fixed-line and 103 per 100 for mobile-cellular subscriptions

international: country code – 33; numerous submarine cables provide links throughout Europe, Asia, Australia, the Middle East, and US; satellite earth stations – more than 3 (2 Intelsat (with total of 5 antennas – 2 for Indian Ocean and 3 for Atlantic Ocean), NA Eutelsat, 1 Inmarsat – Atlantic Ocean region); HF radiotelephone communications with more than 20 countries

overseas departments: country codes: French Guiana – 594; Guadeloupe – 590; Martinique – 596; Mayotte – 262; Reunion – 262; ACE submarine cable connecting France with African markets extended

France Broadcast media:

a mix of both publicly operated and privately owned TV stations; state-owned France television stations operate 4 networks, one of which is a network of regional stations, and has part-interest in several thematic cable/satellite channels and international channels; a large number of privately owned regional and local TV stations; multi-channel satellite and cable services provide a large number of channels; public broadcaster Radio France operates 7 national networks, a series of regional networks, and operates services for overseas territories and foreign audiences; Radio France Internationale, under the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, is a leading international broadcaster; a large number of commercial FM stations, with many of them consolidating into commercial networks

France Internet country code:

metropolitan France – .fr; French Guiana – .gf; Guadeloupe – .gp; Martinique – .mq; Mayotte – .yt; Reunion – .re

France Internet users:

total: 57,226,585 (July 2016 est.)

percent of population: 85.6% (July 2016 est.)

country comparison to the world: 11

France Broadband –

total: 28.429 million (2017 est.)

subscriptions per 100 inhabitants: 42 (2017 est.)

country comparison to the world: 7

Data for Educational Purpose Only.


The World Factbook 2016-17. Washington, DC: Central Intelligence Agency, 2016.

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