On 16 November 2015, ARCEP (the French regulator of the electronic and postal communications) has started the auctions for the 700 MHz band. The four major French operators have submitted applications, deemed admissible by the regulator. The main auction ended on 17 November and the price has reached EUR 466 million per block of 5 MHz duplex, or a total of EUR 2.796 billion. The results are as follows:
In order to propose frequencies in the band of 700 MHz to mobile operators, they should be available. However, until the beginning of April 2016, this band will be used for broadcasting certain DTT channels. To do so, a readjustment of the DTT will be made on the night of 5 April. The MPEG-2 compression standard will then definitely make way for the MPEG-4 (HD), which implies for viewers to be equipped with a compatible decoder and/or device.
In an Opinion published on 10 November, the French broadcasting regulator CSA voted in favor of the mobile deployment draft Decree on the 700 MHz band, expressing only some objections on three points.
CSA's Opinion on the mobile deployment draft Decree on the 700 MHz band (FR)
Press Release ARCEP (FR)