The members of Afopt (the Association Française des Opérateurs Privés en Télécommunications), which includes all the major competitors of France Télécom (Bouygues Télécom, 9 Telecom, Cegetel, GTS Om...

The members of Afopt (the Association Française des Opérateurs Privés en Télécommunications), which includes all the major competitors of France Télécom (Bouygues Télécom, 9 Telecom, Cegetel, GTS Omnicom, Colt, Completel, Médiaréseaux), achieved a total turnover of FF 38 billion in 1999, i.e. an increase of 40 % on 1998. According to AFOPT, this figure represents one quarter of all mobile and fixed telecommunications in France. Last year, the members of AFOPT invested FF 15 billion in their infrastructures, and a total of FF 51.6 billion over the past four years. According to the association, the opening of the market has led to the creation of 15,000 direct jobs and 75,000 indirect jobs. Although the market is becoming very competitive for long distance calls, however, AFOPT regrets the fact that France Télécom is still the owner of the local calls network. The splitting of local loops will allow France Télécom’s competitors to offer their own rapid Internet access by ADSL, rather than reselling the traditional operators offer, as is currently the case. Christian Perret, the French Secretary of State for Industry is to present a legislative measure to this effect to Parliament during the second half of 2000. These measures could come into effect in late 2000 or early 2001. (Christine Weissrock - Atelier Paribas 15/03/2000)