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France ends July with 35,311 authorized 5G sites nationwide

The number of authorized 5G sites across France during July increased by 2.2% compared to the previous month France had a total of 35,311 authorized 5G sites as of August 1, of which 26,093 were declared technically operational by the local mobile operators, according to...

Who is buying Open RAN? Market sizing, outlook

Open RAN investment grows from less than 1 percent of total RAN spend in 2019 to 3-5 percent in 2022 While there are distinctions between Open RAN, open virtualized RAN, cloud RAN and further sub-combinations of those architectures, these new approaches to building the radio...

Belgium completes final phase of spectrum auction

Orange Belgium, Proximus and Telenet Group have secures spectrum in the 1,400MHz band The Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT) concluded the final phase of the radio spectrum auction, which raised 216.5 million euros ($221.2 million) bringing the total amount for the two...

France ends Q1 with 4.13 million 5G lines

France had a total of 34,539 authorized 5G sites as of July 1 France had a total of 4.13 million 5G lines as of the end of the first quarter, according to a recent report by the country’s telecom regulator Arcep. During the first quarter,...

Belgium’s 5G spectrum auction raises $1.26 billion

New entrants Citymesh Mobile and Network Research Belgium secured 5G frequencies in the process Belgium’s 5G spectrum auction raised a total of 1.2 billion euros ($1.26 billion) from five bidders, according to the Belgian Institute for Postal Services and Telecommunications (BIPT). In a release, BIPT stated...

Cisco sees a virtuous cycle: Innovation lowers cost, lower cost means more connectivity

Open RAN as one of many vectors for closing the digital divide In my conversations at the recent Cisco Live event in Las Vegas, there were several recurring themes but for the purposes of this piece I’ll focus in on two: the relationship between innovation...

France ends May with 34,061 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 34,061 authorized 5G sites as of June 1, of which 24,949 were declared technically operational by the local mobile carriers, according to the latest monthly...

Orange France selects Ericsson’s 5G converged charging solution

Orange previously said it was planning to introduce 5G Standalone (SA) services for the general public in 2023 Ericsson and Orange France have signed a five-year agreement which will make Ericsson Charging the strategic monetization platform for Orange France’s 5G subscribers. The cloud-native Ericsson Charging solution...

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...

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...

What is the role of DevOps in telco cloud success?

DevOps: A cornerstone of cloud computing, but still novel to many network operators. Orange, KORE, and WGTwo share their experiences.

European carriers update priority list for O-RAN development

Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, TIM and Vodafone has inked a MoU to boost O-RAN development across Europe A group comprising some of Europe’s largest telecommunications operators updated a list of priority technical requirements for the development of O-RAN systems. In a statement, the telcos noted that...

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...

Rakuten Symphony to trial Open RAN in three countries with MTN

Open RAN trial also includes Accenture and Tech Mahindra Rakuten Symphony kept the playing the hits today at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, announcing a three-country Open RAN trial with operator MTN. Throughout the week, Rakuten Symphony has discussed its Symworld and Symware portfolios, announced...

Orange selects suppliers for European 5G SA network deployments

Orange selected Ericsson, Nokia and Oracle Communications for the group's 5G SA deployments in Europe French telecommunications group Orange has selected its suppliers for the deployment of 5G Standalone (5G SA) networks in its European footprint. The telco has selected Ericsson’s 5G SA core network...

European telcos say big digital platforms should help fund network infra

Heads of some of the biggest European telecommunications operators have published an open letter in the Financial Times claiming Europe’s telecoms market risks falling behind rivals, and that big tech firms needs to help fund network infrastructure deployments. The letter is jointly signed by José...

France ends January with 32,107 authorized 5G sites nationwide

French operators using 700 MHz, 2.1 GHz, 3.5 GHz bands for 5G France had a total of 32,107 authorized 5G sites as of February 1, of which 23,085 were declared technically operational by the local mobile carriers, according to the latest monthly report published by...

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...

French telcos had 31,650 authorized 5G sites at end-2021

France had a total of 31,650 authorized 5G sites as of January 1, of which 22,180 were declared technically operational by the local mobile carriers, according to the latest information provided by France’s spectrum agency ANFR. ANFR said that the number of authorized 5G sites...

French operators had almost 31,000 authorized 5G sites at end-November

France had a total of 30,963 authorized 5G sites as of December 1, of which 20,954 were declared technically operational by the local mobile carriers, according to the latest information provided by France’s spectrum agency ANFR. ANFR said that the number of authorized 5G sites...

European carriers urge EU to further support O-RAN

A new report, published by European carriers Deutsche Telekom, Orange, Telefónica, TIM and Vodafone, and based on findings from research firm Analysys Mason, called upon policymakers, EU member states, and industry stakeholders to collaborate and urgently prioritize Open Radio Access Network (Open RAN). “Open, intelligent,...

Nokia and Orange trial fifth-gen optics for 400 Gbps services

The Orange and Nokia trial was performed over a 914 km network between Paris and Biarritz In a recent trial, Nokia and Orange used the Nokia PSE-Vs, the vendor’s fifth generation super coherent optics, to support end-to-end 400 Gbps services across the carrier's network. The trial...

Samsung, Orange to collaborate in the latter’s O-RAN facility in France

Korean company Samsung Electronics announced it will be one of the first vendors to participate in the opening of Orange’s Open RAN Integration Center in Paris, France. As part of the agreement, the two companies will collaborate to disaggregate the hardware and software elements of...

Orange opens O-RAN facility In France

French operator Orange has officially inaugurated its Open RAN Integration Center, the telco said in a release. The new testing and integration facility will enable companies from the O-RAN ecosystem to test and validate their products and services. Orange’s O-RAN facility is located at Orange Gardens...

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