French Telcos to Invest $3.7 Bn to Bridge the Network Gaps. Mobile Telecom Operators in France plan to spend more than $3.7 billion for rolling out 4G. France government wants to make sure that their are no coverage gaps by 2020. All operators will install 5,000 masts and antennas to ensure network coverage in 30,000 km of rail tracks.
French Telcos to Invest $3.7 Bn to Bridge the Network Gaps.
Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom, and Iliad’s Free Mobile have all invested in France mobile network from last 15 years.
A government minister said:
“I want to put an end to ‘The network’s bad, I’ll call you back’,”
The minster also told that state will not contribute a single cent from the budget. He added that government will extend the spectrum licenses of telecom companies instead of holding a new auction. In 2015, French state raised 2.8 billion euros as a result of spectrum auction.
Telecom Regulator, Arecep in its lateset indicators revealed that SFR, Bouygues Telecom, Orange and Free Mobile covered 74 per cent, 70 per cent, 69 per cent and 47 percent of the 4G population respectively in low density zones.
The minister also told that this three year rollout plan would bring 4G coverage to more than 10,000 towns and villages which have 2G and 3G network yet.