This should be one of the big moments of the 5G launch in France. The auction for the allocation of the first frequencies of this new generation of mobile telephony should start last April. The Covid-19 pandemic finally forced authorities to review their plans and this Tuesday, September 29th, that operation will definitely begin.
Specifically, the major French mobile operators such as Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Free will try to acquire the frequencies with which they can start the first 5G mobile plans by the end of the year.
Like our colleagues France infoThis cellular network will use a band in the electromagnetic spectrum from 3.4 to 3.8 GHz. The four French companies already have a 50 MHz block on the same frequency band, which they received at a cost of 350 million euros. You are now trying to acquire the additional 110 MHz available under this initiative.
A very controversial debate about 5G
The latter should also bring great returns to the state. The echoes Remember that a minimum price of 2.17 billion euros has been set. However, the regulator has ensured that an auction mechanism is put in place to prevent the bill from flying away for operators. The idea is that the latter must retain room for maneuver in order to be able to invest in networks in the future.
Without actually saying it, the government also seems to want to ensure that Huawei is ousted when using this new technology. Bouygues has announced the removal of 3,000 relay antennas from the Chinese company by 2028.
This launch also takes place in a climate of distrust of 5G expressed by part of French public opinion. Opposition members have expressed skepticism about this technology. The latest local elections also allowed green mayors to come to power in major cities like Lyon, Bordeaux and Strasbourg. The latter have expressed their aversion to the arrival of 5G on their territory. For his part, Emmanuel Macron showed support for the start of this new generation and scourged those who ” want to return to the oil lamp “.