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Orange’s 5G network reaches 160 cities across France: report

French operator Orange has already activated 5G in 160 cities across the country, the operator’s CEO Stéphane Richard said in an interview with local newspaper Jornal du Dimanche. Some of the initial cities covered by Orange’s 5G network include Marseille, Nice, Le Mans and Angers. "We...

The current state of 5G in France

5G network launches follow spectrum allocation in October France was one of the latest countries in Western Europe to launch 5G. Mobile operators in the country announced their initial 5G deployments in November and December after telecommunications regulator Arcep made available suitable spectrum for 5G...

Bouygues Telecom’s 5G network reaches 67 French cities

French operator Bouygues Telecom announced the availability of 5G in Marseille and said that its coverage has already reached 67 cities with a population of over 50,000 since the commercial launch of its 5G services on December 1. In a release, the carrier said that...

Bouygues Telecom to launch 5G in France next month

French operator Bouygues Telecom expects to launch its comercial 5G network on December 1, the telco said in a statement. The company also said that it expects to reach nationwide coverage with its 5G network within a year. “Bouygues Telecom participated in the 5G auction...

French regulator to award 5G licenses soon, launches 5G observatory

  French telecommunications regulator Arcep said it will award 5G spectrum licenses to local mobile operators in the short term after a frequency positioning auction was recently completed. The regulator said that 5G networks are formally allowed to begin commercial operations on November 18. Last month, Arcep...

French carriers have deployed almost 500 sites ahead of 5G launch

  French mobile operators are currently testing 5G services with a total of 483 active 5G base stations across the country, French press reported. Orange leads in terms of 5G base stations deployments, with 353, followed by Bouygues Telecom, with 67, SFR, with 54 and Free,...

France completes 5G spectrum auction

  French telecommunications regulator Arcep announced that the main auction for 3.4-3.8 GHz frequencies for the provision of 5G was completed today, after three days of bidding. In a release, the regulator said that local operators Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Iliad committed to pay a...

French regulator confirms new date for 5G spectrum auction

  French telecoms regulator Arcep confirmed that a 5G spectrum auction which had been delayed by COVID-19 will begin in September. In a statement, Arcep said it plans to run a sale of spectrum in the 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz bands between  September 20 and...

French regulator accepts 5G bids but officially postpones spectrum auction

  French telecommunications regulator Arcep confirmed that all four mobile operators in the country are qualified to take part in an upcoming 5G spectrum auction, the regulator said in a release. At the same time, the regulator officially confirmed it has postponed the process due to...

Spain postpones 5G spectrum auction due to COVID-19 pandemic

  The Spanish government confirmed that it will delay a planned auction of 5G spectrum due to the outbreak of the novel coronavirus in the country. The government expected to award frequencies in the 700 MHz band, which had been previously used by Digital Terrestrial Television...

France postpones 5G spectrum auction due to COVID-19 outbreak

  French telecoms regulator Arcep put on hold plans to carry out a 5G spectrum auction due to the outbreak of COVID-19 in the country, international press reported. According to the reports, the French regulator says the current scenario makes it impossible to move forwardswith the...

Orange France selects Ericsson for 5G deployment

  Ericsson said it has been selected by Orange France to deploy its 5G Radio Access Network in three major French regions, including Paris, and modernize its existing 2G/3G/4G radio access network. As part of the agreement, Ericsson 5G RAN products and solutions from the Ericsson...

France officially kicks off application process for 5G auction

  French communications regulator Arcep officially opened applications for the sale of 5G spectrum licenses, Arcep said in a statement. Interested operators will have until February 25 to submit their applications. This announcement follows the confirmation of pricing and terms released by Arcep in mid-December. Arcep also confirmed...

France launches procedure for assigning 5G frequency licenses

  The French government has launched a procedure for assigning 5G frequency licenses after it approved specifications proposed by telecoms regulator Arcep as well as the financial conditions for the licenses, the government said in a release. The government confirmed it had fixed the price of...

France sets conditions for 5G spectrum auction

France plans to make 5G spectrum available in 50 megahertz blocks French regulator Arcep has published and submitted to the government the conditions for awarding licences to use frequencies in the 3.4 GHz to 3.8 GHz band in France, the regulator said in a release. “The...

France likely to delay 5G spectrum auction until March 2020: report

  The French government is likely to delay the process of awarding 5G spectrum until at least March 2020, three months later than the original date, Reuters reported, citing two sources close to the matter. The delay is mainly due to disagreements between the French finance...

French regulator approves 11 5G trials using 26 GHz band

26 GHz trial projects include 5G for venues, lighting and transportation French telecom regulator Arcep has approved the first eleven initiatives to trial 5G technology using the 26 GHz band, the regulator said in a statement. In January 2019, the French government and Arcep had issued...

Orange: France’s auction to leave financial muscle for telcos to deploy 5G

CEO discusses balance of capex and auction revenues French operators will have enough financial resources to deploy future 5G networks as the government and telecom regulator Arcep are not looking at the upcoming spectrum auction as a way to obtain a high level of revenues,...

French regulator launches public consultation for 5G spectrum tender

  French telecommunications regulator Arcep has launched a public consultation on its draft procedure for awarding licenses to use frequencies in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band in France. Arcep said that this spectrum band had been identified in Europe as the “core” 5G band. The regulator said that...

French regulator defines rules to clear 1.5 GHz band for 5G 

  French telecommunications regulator Arcep has announced new rules supporting its plan to clear the 1.5 GHz band (1427–1517 MHz) for the future provision of 5G services. Known as the L-band, this spectrum band is currently being used for point-to-point backhaul links on public and professional...

France issues call for 5G trials in the 26 GHz band

The companies securing trial spectrum will be authorised to use 26 GHz frequencies for up to three years The French government, together with the country’s Electronic Communications and Postal Regulatory Authority (Arcep), are issuing a call for the creation of 5G trial platforms in the...

French regulator launches 5G public consultation process

  Arcep confirmed plans to kick off a 5G tender by mid-2019 French telecom regulator Arcep has kicked off a public consultation period on the 5G auction process for the 3.4-3.8 GHz, 26 GHz, and 1.4 GHz frequencies, the regulator said in a statement. The watchdog called...

French regulator likely to award 5G frequencies by mid-2019

Telecom regulator Arcep said it plans to launch a consultation process next month French telecoms regulator Arcep said a tender to award mobile frequencies for the provision of 5G services could take place by mid-2019, French press reported. “We are going to launch a consultation in...

France expects commercial 5G in at least one major city in 2020

  The initiative is part of the government’s 5G roadmap to foster technology development in France The French government said it expects at least one major city to have commercial 5G services by 2020 as one of the key initiatives of the country’s 5G roadmap, which...

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