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France ends April with 33,557 authorized 5G sites

The number of authorized 5G sites during April increased by 1.8% compared to March France had a total of 33,557 authorized 5G sites as of May 1, of which 24,553 were declared technically operational by the local mobile carriers, according to the latest monthly report...

European Commission approves infrastructure scheme to boost 5G in Italy

The four Italian carriers had launched their 5G networks between June 2019 and December 2020 The European Commission (EC) approved an Italian government program to allocate 2 billion euros ($2.14 billion) for expansion of 5G and fiber networks in the country as part of a...

France ends March with 32,930 authorized 5G sites nationwide

Operators in France are currently using 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 3.5 GHz bands for 5G France had a total of 32,930 authorized 5G sites as of April 1, of which 24,046 were declared technically operational by the local mobile carriers, according to the latest monthly...

France ends February with 32,633 authorized 5G sites nationwide

Operators in France are currently using 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 3.5 GHz bands for 5G France had a total of 32,633 authorized 5G sites as of March 1, of which 23,566 were declared technically operational by the local mobile carriers, according to the latest monthly...

Free Mobile’s 5G footprint reaches 77% of French population

French mobile operator Free Mobile, a subsidiary of Illiad, said its 5G footprint currently covers 77% of the population, up from 52% in May 2021. Free Mobile said that its 5G network currently reaches 9,100 municipalities across France. It also said the firm had already...

France ends August with 28,821 authorized cell sites for 5G

France had a total of 28,821 5G authorized sites as of September 1, of which 17,559 were declared technically operational by the local mobile operators, according to the latest information provided by France’s spectrum agency ANFR. ANFR said that the number of authorized 5G sites...

Free Mobile claims largest 5G network in France in terms of cell sites

French mobile operator Free Mobile, a subsidiary of Illiad, said its 5G network continues to be the largest in terms of cell sites, which results from its rollout on 700 MHz frequencies. The carrier also uses those airwaves to provide LTE services. The operator's...

French operators kick off 5G services in Paris

French operators Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR launched 5G services in Paris last Friday, following the recent approval by the local city council. Orange said in a statement that it had deployed 5G infrastructure in the French capital using spectrum in the...

Paris City Council gives approval for local 5G deployments

The Paris Council approved a new telecom charter which will give the green light for 5G deployments in the French capital. The charter was approved with the support of right-wing officials and despite the opposition from environmentalists, who had proposed to authorize the new technology...

France authorizes almost 20,000 5G sites nationwide

France had a total of 19,938 5G authorized sites as of February 1, of which 9,426 were declared technically operational by the mobile telephone operators, France’s spectrum agency ANFR reported. The agency said that all these 5G sites have been authorized on existing sites, already...

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 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,...

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...

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...

Nokia inks deal with Illiad for 5G network rollout in France and Italy

   Nokia signed an agreement with French mobile operator IIiad Group to roll out 5G networks across France and Italy, the Finnish vendor said in a release. The 5G deal will focus on network modernization and 5G introduction in France and 5G introduction in Italy, making...

Italian telcos get ready to reach more cities with 5G in 2020

  Italian operators kicked off comercial 5G offerings in parts of the country’s main cities during the second half of 2019 and have already announced plans to rapidly expand coverage during 2020. Vodafone was the first operator to offer commercial 5G services in Italy. The telco,...

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...

Cellnex acquires 1,500 telecom sites from Orange in Spain

  Spanish wireless infrastructure operator Cellnex has reached an agreement with Orange Spain to acquire a portfolio of 1,500 telecommunications sites in the country, the former said in a release. Cellnex said that the acquisition of the towers and antennas, which are located in urban, suburban and...

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...

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