French territory now has just over 20,000 4G antennas in service, according to the count on April 1, 2015 from the National Frequency Agency (ANFR), out of a total of 25,700 authorized sites, with a slight increase over the month of 1.6%.
4G bands 800 MHz and 2600 MHz count respectively 10,600 (+ 3.2%) and almost 14,000 (+ 1.5%) authorized sites while the 1800 MHz band used by Bouygues Telecom for 4G rose only 0.2% with 6,973 authorized stations.
Among the highlights, it should be noted that the number of branches at Free Mobile is increasing at a good pace and has reached 3051 4G supports in service, which brings it inexorably closer to Numericable SFR which caps with 3103 supports, still mainly in the 800 MHz band.
It will be recalled that the 800 MHz band offers greater ranges and makes it possible to ensure comparable coverage with fewer antennas (to the detriment of speed) and that SFR has concentrated its effort on this band.
For its part, free mobile, for want of acquiring frequencies in the 800 MHz band, can only count for the moment on the 2600 MHz band to expand its 4G mobile network. It will therefore need more sites to provide coverage comparable to that of SFR and it seems to be doing it well. On the other hand, to see if the major restructuring underway at Numericable SFR is not likely to slow down deployment efforts.
Far ahead, Orange and Bouygues Telecom each benefit fromapproximately 7000 4G sites in service, with a balanced network between the 800 MHz and 2600 MHz band for Orange and a network strongly supported on the 1800 MHz band for Bouygues Telecom.