Telecommunication in France

The development of telecommunications in France is roughly equivalent to the average of the European Union. Under the country code +33, there were a total of 107.70 million connections in 2017. Among them were 69.02 million million mobile phones, which corresponds to an average of 1.0 per person. In the EU, this figure is 1.2 mobile phones per person.

In the expansion of broadband Internet connections France is very well in the race. Around 81% of all residents have access to the Internet. Approximately 42% have their own fast Internet connection, which is at least faster than the previous ISDN (more than 2048 kbit/s).

With about 17.27 million webhosts, France is below the world's average by population.


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Development of telephone and internet connections

The following diagrams show the development of the different telephone and Internet connections as a percentage of the country's population. Values above 100% mean that on average every inhabitant has more than one subscription.


Spread of internet connections in France 1990 - 2017




Broadband internet in France 1998 - 2017




Landlines in the years 1990 - 2017




Mobile phones in France 1990 - 2017




Spreading in 2017 France
Total
France
percent
EU
Total
EU
percent
Internet users 53.83 m 80.50 % 413.04 m 80.64 %
Broadband users 28.41 m 42.49 % 175.69 m 34.30 %
Landlines 38.69 m 57.86 % 209.74 m 40.95 %
Mobile cellulars 69.02 m 103.22 % 628.26 m 122.66 %