France plans commercial 5G rollout by 2020

The French government has set a roadmap to ensure commercial rollout of 5G in one major city by 2020.

Delphine Geny-Stephann, Secretary of State for Economic Affairs and Finance, attached to the Prime Minister, Mounir Mahjoubi and Secretary of State for Digital Affairs, attached to the Prime Minister and Arcep Chair, Sebastien Soriano, presented the 5G roadmap and set an ambitious target – launch several 5G pilot projects in a variety of regions, and host some of the world’s pioneer industrial 5G applications; allocate new 5G frequencies and ensure a commercial rollout in at least one major city by 2020; and provide 5G coverage of the main transport routes by 2025.

5G is strategically vital to France’s industry, the competitiveness of our economy, innovation and revitalised public services. Starting in 2020, 5G is promising to deliver a jump in technological performances and pave the way for a variety of new uses for both consumers (ubiquitous 3G video streaming, etc.) and businesses (development of disruptive applications in every sector).

To prepare France for tomorrow’s innovations, the Government has established a roadmap to facilitate the development and deployment of 5G, which includes the work programme for the Electronic communications and postal regulatory authority (Arcep). The government has set ambitious targets built around four priority courses of action: free up and allocate radio frequencies for 5G networks; foster the development of new uses; support the deployment of 5G infrastructures; and ensure transparency and dialogue over 5G rollouts and keep the public informed.

The first trials are already underway or in the planning stage in Belfort, Bordeaux, Douai, Grenoble, Lannion, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Toulouse and Sophia-Antipolis. Today, the Government and Arcep announced the launch of eleven new trials in the Ile-de-France region, including three connected vehicle use cases.



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