France will soon hand over 5G spectrum licenses to mobile operators

The French telecommunications regulator (Arcep) said it would soon hand over 5G spectrum licenses to mobile operators and set up a department to oversee 5G deployment.

In October, Arcep held a spectrum auction for 5G in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band. As a result, four French mobile operators including Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Iliad pledged to pay a total of 2.8 billion euros for the auction. In which, Orange spent 854 million euros for 90 MHz; SFR spent 728 million euros for 80 MHz, while Bouygues Telecom and Iliad each operator spent 602 million euros for 70 MHz.

After acquiring the frequency spectrum for 5G, carrier Orange recently confirmed that it plans to commercially roll out 5G services this December.

To oversee the rollout of 5G in France, Arcep announced the establishment of a 5G deployment monitoring department with the aim of monitoring carriers deploying 5G nationwide.

France will soon hand over 5G spectrum licenses to mobile operators

Accordingly, this monitoring department will allow officials and citizens to update information about 5G coverage, specifically including the information: The number of 5G base stations each mobile operator has. activations and the bands they use; Area mapping of 5G base station deployment enabled by operators; Number of 5G base stations enabled in regions and in priority deployment areas.

The rules Arcep put in place for the 5G auction state that each operator must roll out 5G service in at least two cities by the end of 2020; deploy 3,000 5G base stations by 2022, 8,000 5G base stations in 2024, and 10,500 5G base stations by 2025.

Finally, all base stations must provide 5G service using frequencies in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band or other bands.

Arcep also emphasized that it is proposing to regulate that 25% of base stations using the 3.4-3.8 GHz frequency deployed in the period 2024 and 2025 must be located in sparsely populated areas. to promote economic development, especially manufacturing, except for large urban areas.
By 2022, at least 75% of mobile base stations must be able to deliver speeds of at least 240 Mbps at each station, according to Arcep’s initial spec.

Arcep conditions also set out an obligation for the carrier to deploy 5G to cover routes across France.

France is one of the five most populous countries of the European Union where 5G has not yet been commercialized. Meanwhile, mobile carriers in Germany, the UK, Spain, and Italy rolled out commercial 5G services in several cities last year.

According to Arcep 5G network Officially will be allowed to begin commercial operations on November 18.

Phan Van Hoa(from Rcrwireless)

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