LE FIGARO (@ erenault1) – Barely presented the report Lescure is already challenged. Bercy has rejected the idea of a tax on smartphones and CSA will not play the role of watchdog Hadopi. In such an environment, telecom operators will they still be called to the rescue?
Pierre LOUETTE. – I hope not. We are not the creation of new taxes a priori. The telecoms industry is already highly taxed like that.
Between the tax for France Television, the private copying … What percentage of this tax goes to the media?
A third specific telecom taxes go in the media. In the United States, for example, special tax on telecom is less than 1%, in France, we are 3% of our turnover. That's a lot. We feel that we are called to fund many things, including away from our core business. But telecoms have some specific difficulties today.
You were rather agree with Lescure report to tax the producers of smartphones?
Pierre Lescure has presented itself as. This report is a starting point for open discussion. All is not described. We found that the report recognized that digital could be associated with the financing of culture. Second, telecom operators are part of the financing of culture. that we do not disagree in principle. What we oppose is an explosion of contributions. Finally, we can say that the operators are the champions of the legal provision. Without operators, legal download offer would be greatly diminished. We also want the plight of operators is taken into account. The President of the Republic said during the campaign, and most recently in Auvergne: there will be no new tax on telecoms.
The government has recently decided to allocate frequencies to media Telecommunications from 2016. You really need these frequencies?
Telecom operators that are part of living with the FFT spectrum and we need it. But we want the issue of frequency is more predictable, programmed by the government. Here we feel that there is acceleration of history because there are funding needs.
The government hopes to gain between 2.5 and 3 billion euros from the sale of frequency?
Yes, it is that we already paid 3 to 4 billion in recent years buying frequency. When we bought, the government said that such an opportunity will not come quickly. This is how prices grimpét. But no sooner have we started using those purchased one wants to sell us more.
However, we need frequency, because last year we have seen an increase in data traffic by 67% for all telecom operators. It is also one of the paradoxes of the sector. It was an explosion of uses: the data increases, the use of mobile voice as there are tens of billions of SMS sent and at the same time … the price drop!
The arrival of Free has cut prices by 11%, according to ARCEP. The telecom sector he cashed the shock?
We do not dispute the figures ARCEP. With our observation, we found that the mobile telephone traffic increases by a further 13.5%. The appetite for telecom continues, it is also what will save the industry in the years to come.
Moreover, ARCEP indicates lower prices by 11.4% in 2012 and a decline in the volume of our sales by 4%. We calculate our side ed that prices have fallen by 20% in 18 months. Few industries face similar shocks. Especially since we have not given the investment to continue to fund future fixed networks with fiber and mobile networks of the future with 4G.
There was a decline in enrollment
It is also an object of controversy. Last year, Free definitely a little recruited, Orange maintained its workforce and we had not yet seen the effects of departures plans announced by Bouygues and SFR. We see its effects in 2013. Orange will begin to not replace all departures. I can hardly imagine that there is stability in employment overall.
The year 2013 will be more difficult?
2013 will be the first full year after the arrival of Free Mobile. The effects of the arrival will be still felt in 2014 and 2015. We are an industry that has 128,000 direct jobs and 168,000 indirect jobs. There will be consequences for everyone, including call centers and distributors as well.
There is not Free in the FFT. Will he be back?
We are open. Free was a member, then it came out long ago. We are open for their return, but it is not close today.The best way to check out the lowest prices you can possibly get on low cost car insurance is to look it up online via a comparison engine.