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France targets 2020 5G rollout

French regulator Arcep has laid out its 5G roadmap with ambitions to launch the mobile euphoria in at least one major city by 2020, and provide 5G coverage of the main transport routes by 2025.

France takes tentative steps towards 5G

The first standards are out and the 5G frenzy is beginning, but France isn’t getting caught up in the euphoria, as Arcep makes slow and steady steps towards the next generation of mobile.

French regulator consults on open spectrum for IoT

ARCEP, the French telecommunications regulator, has launched a public consultation into the use of open, unlicensed spectrum for a variety of unspecified short-range wireless communications that it anticipates will contribute to the IoT (Internet of Things) phenomenon.

France pressures Skype to register as operator

French communications regulator ARCEP was gunning for internet telephony player Skype this week, which it suggests is committing a criminal offence by not declaring itself as a communications operator.

Arcep awards French 800MHz 4G spectrum

French regulator Arcep has said that it has awarded 4G licences in the 800Mhz band to the incumbent operators Bouygues, Orange and SFR. Fourth applicant Free Mobile, owned by Iliad, was not successful. All four operators were previously awarded 4G licences at 2.6GHz.

France allocates LTE spectrum

French regulator Arcep has announced that all four of the country’s major operators have won licences to use its 2.6 GHz frequency band, which will be used in the deployment of LTE mobile networks. Orange/France Telecom will be allocated a duplex frequency block of 20 MHz, for which it bid €287.12m, while Iliad’s Free Mobile will also be allocated the same, after bidding €271m.

French broadband subs top 21 mil.

The number of broadband subscribers in France had reached 21.774 million by the end of the first quarter of 2011, up slightly from 20.234 million one year previously, according to the latest market report from the country’s telecoms regulatory body Arcep.

French LTE spectrum auction hits the skids

It seems that US greenfield operator LightSquared isn’t the only telco business on the wrong side of spectrum interference difficulties this week: French telecom/media construction services company Bouygues looks set to rain on the country’s LTE spectrum auction parade, with allegations that the service blocks television broadcasting services in some parts of the country.

French LTE spectrum auction to be launched by May

French telecoms regulator ARCEP has said that the country’s LTE spectrum auction will be launched before May this year. The terms of the sale, which is expected to raise €2bn, are expected to be finalised shortly and ARCEP has said that it wants to award the spectrum before the end of this year.

Mobile WiMAX subs revenue to top $15bn by 2014

Annual revenues from WiMAX 802.16e broadband subscribers will exceed $15 billion globally by 2014. That is the headline finding of a recent report from Juniper Research, which says it trimmed its previous WiMAX revenue forecasts on account of spectrum auction postponements in several countries, funding problems from the credit crunch, and slow network implementations.

France begins fourth 3G tender

French telecoms regulator ARCEP on Thursday launched the tender process for the country’s fourth 3G licence. Interested parties have 20 weeks to submit a bid for the licence, with the reserve price for the spectrum set at Eur619.2m. ARCEP has previously said that a number of players have expressed interest in the assignment of the […]

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