Elaborative SWOT Analysis of SFR – A French Mobile Communications Company

Updated on: Jan 13, 2022
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Last time we discussed the SWOT analysis of one of the reputed telecommunication companies, Telstra. This time we will be going to know more about the SWOT analysis of SFR.

SFR Company is one of the market-leading ICT Solutions and Services Companies with a proven reputation as network specialists. It is one of the best French mobile communications companies that serve millions of people in France.

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Do you want to know how SFR became successful? In this blog, we will get to learn about the SWOT analysis of SFR. Before proceeding further let us just know more about the SFR as a company.

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About SFR

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SFR is a French mobile communication company that gives services within the overseas department of France, the Caribbean Islands of Martinique, Guadeloupe and Guyane. It deals with fixed-line internet, mobile internet, fixed-line and mobile telephony.

SFR was founded as a company in 1987 with the purpose of its parent company CGE to start out offering a 1G mobile phone service. SFR also became the second French mobile network operator to launch 2G GSM services on 15 November 1992.

Other than the overseas department, SFR provides cable operating services in Belgium and MVNO in some communes of the Brussels Region and some regions of Luxembourg. SFR customers are 21.9 million in metropolitan cities and 6.35 million households customers are enjoying SFR’s high-speed internet access.

Quick Stats on SFR
Chairman & CEO Alain Weill
Year Founded 1987
Origin France
No. of Employees 14,500+
Company Type Public
Market Cap €15.204 Billion/td>
Annual Revenue €12.577 Billion
Net Income/ Profit €2.472 Billion


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Products & Services by SFR 

SFR has been in the telecommunication industry for many years and offers:

  • Fixed-line internet
  • IP television
  • Mobile internet
  • Fixed-line and mobile telephony

Competitors of SFR

The top 3 competitors of SFR are

  • Orange 
  • BT
  • Bouygues 

So as we got to know about the business of SRF, now we will discuss the SWOT analysis of SRF.

SWOT Analysis of SFR 

A SWOT analysis examines the strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats that a firm faces. SWOT Analysis is a tried-and-true tool that enables a company like BCE (SFR Canada Enterprises) to compare its business and performance to that of its competitors.

It will give us a strategic analysis of its internal and external environment, which is crucial for understanding the SWOT Analysis of SFR.

To better understand the SWOT analysis of SFR, refer to the infographics below:

SWOT Analysis of SFR - SWOT Infographics of SFR

Below is an elaborative guide to the SWOT analysis of SFR.

Strengths of SFR

SFR has numerous strengths that help it to thrive in the marketplace. Some of the strengths of SFR are

  • Wide Spread Distribution Network: SFR has created a reliable distribution network over its 34 years of journey that allows it to reach the majority of its potential market through innovation.
  • Market Position: SFR holds a leading market position because of its inception as the first 1G mobile phone service in the Metropolitan and overseas departments of France. Since its inception, the growth enabled the company to create a new revenue stream and diversify the economic cycle risk in the markets it serves.
  • Well Built Brand Portfolio: Since the brand, SFR is launched and owned by state initiatives, it has built a highly satisfactory portfolio in Belgium, Luxembourg and the Caribbean islands. It adds up as a strength of the company as a good portfolio through state support helps the company diversify its product line.
  • Broad Product Line: Along with fixed-line internet and mobile telephony services, SFR also offers SFR Television and SFR Sports services to its customers at reasonable prices. 
  • Customer Satisfaction: SFR has been able to achieve high customer satisfaction among current customers and strong brand equity among potential customers due to its offering of high-speed internet services.  

Weaknesses of SFR

Some of the weaknesses of SFR which they can work upon are

  • Product Forecasting: Not very good at product demand forecasting leading to a higher rate of missed opportunities compare to its competitors.
  • Poor Technological Investments: SFR needs to put more money into technology to integrate the processes across the board. Right now the investment in technologies is not at par with the vision of the company.
  • Reliance on French Market for Major Revenue: As SFR has its main headquarters in Paris, France and it is providing the services more efficiently and gets major revenue from Belgium, Luxembourg and the Caribbean islands. It is mostly dependent on the French market and hence lacks revenue from worldwide.
  • No International Presence: SFR currently operates in only 5-6 markets and that only in France. It should consider operating in other countries through consulting with its partner network Vodafone, to expand its business and create strong brand recognition and awareness in the market.

Opportunities for SFR

Opportunities are potential areas of focus for a company to improve results, increase sales, and, ultimately, profit. Some of the opportunities for SFR are

  • Technological Advancements: The new technology provides an opportunity for SFR to practice a differentiated pricing strategy in the new market. It enables the firm to maintain its loyal customers with great service and lure new customers through other value oriented propositions.
  • Opening of New Markets: The adoption of new technology standards and government free trade agreements has provided SFR with an opportunity to enter a new emerging market.
  • Affordable Internet Users: According to Statista.com, there are over 4.66 billion active internet users in the world. SFR has a huge opportunity to increase its customer base by providing affordable data plans.
  • The Economy is Now Opening: Economic uptick and increase in customer spending, after years of recession and slow growth rate in the industry, is an opportunity for SFR to capture new customers and increase its market share.
  • Overseas Expansion: SFR has its presence only in some areas of France, by initiating to cover the whole of France and other parts of neighbouring countries, SFR can gradually build up its stake in the market.

Threats to SFR

Threats are environmental factors that can be harmful to a company’s growth. The following are some of SRF’s threats: 

  • Counterfeit Products: As SFR also deals in selling mobile devices, imitation of counterfeit and low-quality products with SFR data plans under the name of SFR by fake product sellers can badly affect the name of SFR.
  • New Entries: The new entrants like Reliance are gaining market due to some policies and absorbing the market share of the existing telecom services. Hence, SFR faces threats from such new brands as it may steal loyal customers.
  • Competitor’s Technical Advancement: The new competitors in the race are with some advanced technology reducing the overall market share of SFR.
  • Local Players Playing Globally: SFR sells its products and services in the market whereas players who offer communication services globally such as BT and orange are ahead in the market capturing and customer acquisition if compared to SFR.   

This ends our elaborative SWOT analysis of SFR. Let us conclude our learning below.

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To Conclude

SRF is a well-reputed telecommunication company that is a trusted one among the customers in France. In the SWOT analysis of SRF, we learnt that it has reached the markets of its nation but is still facing the problem of marketing its products internationally due to fewer funds and inefficient financial planning.

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