Free Mobile totally picks up on the 3.5 GHz band, SFR is a hit and overtakes Orange

5G: Free Mobile totally picks up on the 3.5 GHz band, SFR is a hit and overtakes Orange

The ANFR unveils its monthly observatory of the deployment of operators’ 5G networks for the month of November 2022. Free Mobile is struggling when SFR breaks records to overtake Orange on the 3.5 GHz band.

It is time to take stock, as every month, of the deployment of 5G in France. As of January 1, with 16,524 sites, Free Mobile appears well ahead in the general ranking thanks to the massive deployment of the 700 MHz band, although last month the operator only activated 163 supports on this frequency. The former troublemaker has three times more sites than Orange, which favors the 3.5 GHz band and about twice as many as SFR. Bouygues Telecom has 9,500 sites, betting on the 2100 MHz band.

But focusing on the 5G core band is a whole different story. Chaining performance, SFR hits hard with 797 new 5G sites during the month of December for a total of 5622 supports. The operator in the red square dethrones Orange and its 5,473 3.5 GHz sites (+525 in November). With 425 new sites, Bouygues Telecom is in a pocket handkerchief (5248). Last, Free Mobile has not kept pace for more than 6 months, the deployment of its 5G 3.5 GHz is slowing down. The operator only deployed 157 new media last month, and now has 4,337 sites, nearly 1,300 sites less than the leader. The gap is widened, Free seems at first sight satisfied to cover more than 87% of the population in 5G. The operator is now seeking to complete the deployment of its 4G by working hard on the 2100 MHz band, with the aim of soon catching up with Bouygues Telecom and SFR.

As of January 1, 38,132 5G sites are authorized in France by the ANFR, including 164 sites in Overseas France. In addition, 29,315 5G sites have been declared technically operational by mobile telephone operators. Almost all of these 5G installations are authorized on existing sites, already used by 2G, 3G or 4G technologies. Only 4 sites only host 5G. “Over the month of December, authorized 5G sites therefore increased by 1.5%. According to statements by operators, 76.9% of authorized sites are technically operational”, indicates the national frequency agency.

This article was taken from the Univers FreeBox website

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