The 5G construction in France officially started in September 2020, and the four major operators will complete the preliminary network construction and begin to provide services by the end of the year based on the 3.5GHz spectrum previously auctioned. Currently, their plans all include a considerable amount of data traffic. Orange and Bouygues Telecom's plan is 200GB per month, SFR and Free are both unlimited data, but Free requires you to choose their home broadband and TV services at the same time to get unlimited 5G data.
The report states that every nationwide 5G operator must have at least 3,000 5G base stations by 2022 and more than 8,000 by 2024, 4,000 of which are in low-density areas. It is expected to provide 5G slicing services from 2023, while the target for 2030 is a 100% 5G network.
Of the four major 5G operators, Free Telecom, owned by Iliad, leads the way in commercial deployments, according to the latest data from French telecoms regulator Arcep. By September 2021, Free had deployed 12,000 5G base stations, most of them in the 700MHz to 800MHz band. In second place, Bouygues Telecom has 5,003 base stations, Altice France's SFR has 3,160, and Orange has 2,473, and their spectrum is mainly in the 3.5GHz band. The spectrum of Bouygues and SFR is mainly at 1.8GHz and 2.1GHz. The two operators once opted for Huawei's 5G equipment but were forced to give up.