France was primarily serviced by France Telecom until 1998 when, in response to a European Directive, the French government aimed to make competition mandatory. Over the past two decades significant improvement has been made with Orange, Iliad, SFR and Bouygues Telecom surfacing as major telecommunication providers.
The French Republic, also known as Fifth Republic and France, is the largest country in the European Union and boasts the second largest population. France has a population of over 66.81 million and an internet literacy rate of 85% (56.79 million internet users).
Data Center & Telecommunications Economy
The total GDP of the France is over US $2.42 trillion and with a contribution of 4.2% from the digital economy, France’s data center industry is thriving. Besides France’s data centers, the digital economy includes 38.929 million fixed line telephone subscriptions and 66.681 million mobile telephone subscriptions.
Data Center Markets
France contains several data center clusters throughout the country providing plenty of colocation opportunities. The primary colocation data center markets in France are:
France doesn’t boast nearly as many submarine cables as the United Kingdom however it does enjoy cables landing on the coast of Brittany and along the North coast. There are 271 French data centers, the majority of these colocation facilities are located in and around Paris. Large carrier neutral French data centers feature rich ecosystems and state of the art equipment, ensuring maximum uptime and connectivity to over 436 service providers.
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Richest Data Center Ecosystems
The top five colocation facilities in France are:
Top Data Center Operators
The top five data center operators in France are:
Top Service Providers
The top five cloud service providers in France are:
Energy is a significant issue for data centers and France has good coverage of the energy sector. France is energized by 25.4% renewable or green sources, with the remaining provided by fossil/nuclear fuels. This gives French colocation facilities significant opportunities to take advantage of green energy. In addition to green energy, data center consumers enjoy a range of PUE scores between 1.20 and 1.60. The average PUE for French data centers is 1.36. French colocation facilities provide over 222.84 MW of power and has a range of rack power options from 1.50 kW to 10.80 kW.
The most prominent dangers to data centers in France include floods and storms. The last three major flood in Paris occurred in 2016, leaving large swathes of land submerged below water.
France’s communications industry is regulated by Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP). Major players in the carrier space include:
- Bouygues Telecom
While the top three service providers are:
There are numerous smaller providers as well.