In terms of allocating 5G frequencies, Italy may have shown the way, but it has also demonstrated the possible deviations. With an auction result at 6.6 billion euros, instead of the 2.5 billion euros initially estimated, operators have spent a lot to obtain frequencies, at the risk of impacting their ability to invest in the deployment and modernization of their networks.
On the French side, reflection is still underway on the methods of allocating 5G frequencies and the framework to be applied, for auctions to be held in mid-2019.
TheArcep, the French telecommunications regulator, has just launched a public consultation on this subject to question the various players on their vision and expectations.
And the Authority is already thinking about a framework that would avoid reproducing the Italian example and lead operators to spend large amounts on fees while the emphasis is put since the arrival of Sébastien Soriano at the head of Arcep on the investment effort.
According to The gallery, the French government would not be in the same logic as its Italian counterpart to obtain a maximum of auctions on 5G, at the risk of complicating an economic model with the room for maneuver already limited by the price war and a game with four players and threaten investment capacity in fiber and mobile networks.
However, 5G frequencies are rare and not necessarily easy to access, part of the planned spectrum, occupied by the Army and audiovisual, not to be released for several years, which could influence the intentions of operators. .
They do not seem eager to fall into the trap of a dizzying rise in auctions, even for the beautiful eyes of 5G.