5G is officially launched in France. The ANFR has already granted its authorization to more than 15,000 5G antennas. To find out their location, the organization has published a map of all the sites compatible with the network of the future in France.
This November 28, 2020, the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) published the summary of the first 5G antennas authorized in France. Currently, the organization has authorized a total of 15,901 5G sites spread across the country’s major cities. For the time being, 6,886 municipalities have at least one authorization for a 5G site, specifies the ANFR.
In the process, the ANFR uploaded a map of France showing the location of all 5G antennas already authorized (see above). At the end of the article, a series of maps highlight the antennas according to their frequency. As you can see, there are many more antennas in the 700 MHz frequency band.
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ANFR details how many 5G antennas are authorized in France
The organization explains that it has authorized sites in the three frequency bands of 5G. In detail, there are 1,770 5G antennas in the 700 MHz band, 5,000 in the 2,100 MHz band and 1,092 sites in the 3.5 to 3.8 GHz band. The 700 MHz and 2.1 GHz bands are already used by operators for 3G and 4G but are compatible with 5G. To benefit from the best speeds, but with less coverage, it is better to bet on the frequency ranging from 3.5 to 3.8 GHz.
However, “Just because these sites are licensed does not mean that they are already in service. The mobile operators decide on the activation date of the authorized sites and indicate to the ANFR the date of commissioning of each site ”, cautions the press release. Moreover, not all operators have yet activated their authorized 5G antennas. Only SFR has effectively launched its 5G network in France. Initially, the mobile network is confined to the city of Nice. For its part, Orange will activate 5G on December 3, 2020 in 15 cities, including Nice, Angers, Marseille, Le Mans and Clermont Ferrand. Finally, Free Mobile is committed to launching 5G in the coming weeks.