Since November 2020, the 5G race to push four mobile operators to deploy many 5G sites. The objective is to offer optimal coverage of the territory in order to attract new consumers to packages with generally higher prices. Arcep has just sent its latest readings.
While 5G is finally deployed in intramural Paris, Arcep – the Electronic Communications and Post Regulatory Authority – has just delivered operator data on February 28 to monitor the deployment of 5G. We can observe a sharp increase in the number of sites opened commercially.
Free just exceeded 7,044 open 5G sites against 2,029 for Bouygues Telecom, 1059 for Orange and 987 for SFR. Free Mobile appears to be way ahead of its competition as you can see from the graph below.
It is important to differentiate the number of 5G sites open per frequency band. As a reminder, for the moment, only the 3.5 GHz band is the one allocated exclusively to 5G. Theoretically, this frequency band offers sufficient bandwidth with a significant increase in bit rate. But unlike the 500 and 2100 MHz antennas, there are still very few 5G 3.5 GHz antennas.
You can use one of the tools or maps to identify the antennas around you and check which frequency bands are used.
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