France completed the auction of six blocks of 700 MHz frequencies after 11 rounds over two days, raising a total of €2.79 billion ($2.98 billion).
Bouygues Telecom said it saw a return to revenue growth from its network operations in the third quarter of 2015 for the first time since the second quarter of 2011, after mobile and fixed network sales increased slightly to €978 million ($1 billion) from €975 million a year previously.
SFR was ordered to urgently open access to its masts to rival French mobile operator Free Mobile by regulator Arcep, in a move that could set a precedent for all of the nation's mobile operators.
Orange upgraded its core profit forecast for 2015 after it reported higher third-quarter sales and EBITDA for the first time since 2009.
France's telecoms regulator revealed in a tweet that the auction for 700 MHz spectrum assignments will start on Nov. 16 this year.
Bouygues Telecom remains in a bullish mood about its future as a standalone company, saying that higher sales and cost savings will help boost profitability in the longer term.
Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR have all confirmed that they plan to take part in France's auction of 700 MHz spectrum assignments after each operator filed an application with the French telecoms regulator.
The CEO of Orange said consolidation could return to the French mobile sector in 2016 once the country has completed its 700 MHz frequency auction, which is scheduled to end later this year.
Iliad said profits rose sharply in the first six months of 2015 as the enfant terrible of the French telecoms sector continued to build its mobile market share and expand network coverage.
French telecoms regulator Arcep authorised SFR and Orange to refarm frequencies in the 1800 MHz frequency band for use with 4G services with effect from May 25, 2016.