French billionaire and entrepreneur Xavier Niel reportedly approached UK regulator Ofcom to discuss a potential entry to the market by snapping up any mobile infrastructure CK Hutchison relinquishes in its bid to acquire O2 UK.
Arcep asked French mobile operators to make specific plans for terminating network-sharing and national roaming agreements that have also been used to delay the construction of their own mobile networks.
France concluded the final part of its recent 700 MHz spectrum auction after telecoms regulator Arcep revealed the positions that have been allocated to the country's four mobile operators within the frequency band.
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).
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.
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.