Bouygues Telecom expands its 5G presence in France

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French operator Bouygues Telecom has announced the arrival of its 5G services at several new locations, saying network coverage has reached 25 cities with more than 70,000 inhabitants since the technology’s commercial launch.

Clermont-Ferrand, Valenciennes, Grenoble, Orléans, Saint-Étienne and Cachan are among the latest cities to benefit from the ongoing deployment of 5G, the telecommunications company said.

“Our pace of deployment will allow us to achieve national 5G coverage at the end of the year. This is the goal we set for ourselves when we launched our new network on December 1, ”said Jean-Paul Arzel, Networks Director of Bouygues Telecom.

“There can’t be good 5G without good 4G. Our rapid progress in 5G, the quality delivered by this new network, we owe above all to the excellence of our mobile network ”, declared the executive.

Last month, Bouygues Telecom announced that its 5G coverage reached 67 cities with more than 50,000 inhabitants.

The telecommunications company said its 5G deployment has reached more than 1,000 municipalities across the country.

Bouygues Telecom initially launched 5G in 20 cities across France. Some of the cities covered by the company’s 5G network are Lyon, Nice, Cannes, Montpellier, Avignon, Reims, Le Havre, Toulon, Dijon, Villeurbanne, Le Mans, Aix-en-Provence, Boulogne-Billancourt, Metz, Versailles, Saint Denis, Argenteuil, Rouen, Montreuil and Nancy.

The French operator said the current deployment phase will be based on the 3.5 GHz and 2.1 GHz bands.

Bouygues Telecom had previously announced that it would gradually roll out its 5G network based on the benefits for customers which will materialize in two main stages. Initially, the capacity will increase to maintain a good quality of service in very dense areas where data consumption is very intense.

As a second step, 5G will facilitate new services for B2C and in particular for B2B customers, the telecommunications company said. To deploy its 5G network, Bouygues Telecom has decided to simultaneously install new antennas, using the newly acquired 3.5 GHz frequency band, and to gradually migrate the existing 4G frequency bands to 5G.

On a related note, the French spectrum agency ANFR said the number of cell sites allowed for 5G services stood at 18,039 as of January 7.

Among the three bands approved for 5G use, the 700 MHz frequencies remained in the lead with a total of 12,894 authorizations, all granted to the mobile operator Free Mobile. Across all networks, the 5G sites authorized in the 2.1 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands total 5,526 and 3,589 respectively.

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