France’s mobile operators and MVNOs added a net 373,000 new mobile users in the first three months of this year to take the total mobile subscriber base to 55.731 million at the end of March. According to data published by the industry watchdog Arcep, by the start of April the pre-paid base stood at 18.875 million, down 173,900 on the previous quarter, while contract users grew by 546,900 to 36.856 million. The country’s MVNOs accounted for close to 70,000 net additions in 1Q08, to end the period with a total of 2.671 million customers, in a period in which mobile number porting reached 305,900. Arcep said total mobile revenues on mainland France reached EUR5.46 billion (USD8.44 billion), up 3.2% year-on-year, while average monthly ARPU was EUR35.60, down from EUR35.80 in Q407, but up marginally from EUR34.50 in the first quarter of 2007. SMS traffic climbed 47% year-on-year to 6.913 billion messages as voice traffic increased by 7.2% to 35.58 billion minutes.