5G in France for the end of the year?

The telecoms regulator announced on Thursday that auctions for 5G frequencies planned for April would take place in late September. According to the schedule, the first 5G packages should be offered at the end of 2020.

While the most recent smartphones are compatible with  5G , the new mobile phone technology is still not effective in France, but the first plans may arrive by the end of the year. This is the objective of certain operators, but also of the government, which sees there a nice inflow of money (more than two billion euros) but also a great asset to attract foreign investors.

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This Thursday, Arcep (regulatory authority for telecoms) has announced that the auctions planned for April, and postponed due to the health crisis, will begin ”  on a date between 20 and 30 September  “. On the starting line, Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR, candidates for the allocation of frequencies in the band 3.4 – 3.8 GHz.

4G is not forgotten

This postponement of five months will allow each operator to refine its offers, and in its press release, Arcep speaks of an ”  issue of authorizations which should take place in October or November . This means that everything will be ready, in theory, for the arrival of the first plans for the very end of the year, a boom period for mobile telephony.

An unknown all the same: coverage on the territory. In the specifications imposed by the regulatory authority, operators must agree to cover at least two cities before the end of the year. It will therefore be a gradual and slow arrival due to the installation of equipment, and it is for this reason that Arcep wants these same operators to focus on the generalization of 4G + with coverage of 75% within two years.

5G: the major project is launched in France

Before allocating the frequencies in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band, Arcep consults on the allocation procedures and obligations for 5G candidates . The four mobile operators, Orange, SFR, Bouygues and Free, are competing to share the available frequencies.

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With each new mobile technology, it is the same process, and 5G escapes it: the regulatory authority has launched the major public consultation for the allocation of frequencies in the 3.4-3.8 GHz band. The Arcep details the calendar and the modalities, and there is something new compared to 3G and 4G . Thus, the procedure is carried out in two stages with an engagement phase allowing to obtain a first quantity of frequencies, before a multi-turn auction is organized which gives the candidates visibility on each quantity of frequencies that they are likely to get.

The allocation of frequencies, the price of which will be fixed by the State, is also carried out in two stages. First, there is the sale of a first block of frequencies at a fixed price for a maximum of four operators, which will be SFR , Orange, Free and Bouygues. Then comes the auction phase for the acquisition of additional frequencies.

About ten cities covered in 2020

To satisfy Arcep, each operator must fill in very precise specifications and coverage of the territory is essential to avoid that only large cities are affected by the arrival of 5G . As of 2020, at least two different cities will have to be covered by each operator, with an exponential deployment to reach 3,000 “sites” in 2022 and up to the entire territory in 2030. Another requirement is the concept of services with a speed at least equal to 240 Mbit / s at each site, or road network coverage and accounting with the IPv6 protocol .

It is only after the public consultation which will end on September 4, 2019 that Arcep will launch the frequency allocation procedure for deployment during 2020 .