The French government released on July 21, 2011 a public consultation on how France should prepare for "Digital France 2020". The consultation asks for input on how France can best promote mobile broadband, and how future digital terrestrial television services will develop. With respect to mobile broadband, the consultation states:
"Today more than 99.8% of the population is covered for mobile telephony, and 95% of the population has access to mobile Internet via 3G networks. In order to boost competition further on the mobile market, the government decided in 2010 to award a 4th mobile license. In addition, to respond to the explosion of mobile data traffic, the government launched on June 15, 2011 a procedure for awarding 4G licenses."
Questions: What new usages will develop on mobile networks during the coming decade? What will mobile operators need in terms of frequency, in particular to handle the growth of data traffic? In this context, how should the usage of spectrum be optimized for all actors."
As regards digital terrestrial television, the consultation states:
" The deployment of digital terrestrial television (TNT) has permitted an unprecedented growth of the audiovisual landscape, with an offer made up of 19 free channels, 10 pay channels, 5 high-definition channels and many local channels.
The total analog switch-off all regions, in both mainland France and its overseas departments and territories, will occur on November 30, 2011, in accordance with the commitment in the France Digital 2012 plan. TNT will then enter a new phase characterised by generalisation of high-definition broadcasting, new channel launches, an evolved program guide and the launch of on demand audiovisual media services (VOD, catch-up TV).
The Prime Minister has asked Michel Boyon, chairman of the Audiovisual Media Authority (CSA), to prepare a report on the future of TNT, the conclusions of which are expected on July 31, 2011.
Questions: How do you envisage the offer of TNT services by 2020 (high definition, on-demand services, 3D, new channels, etc.)? How do you see the development of mobile consumption of audiovisual content?"
Responses to the public consultation are due by September 30, 2011