The deployment of 5G continues at Free Mobile, with the operator announcing that it now covers 88% of the population. This is an additional point compared to November.
An interesting point is that Free also mentioned 5G coverage with the 3.5 GHz frequency band. We thus learn that the coverage is 38% if we only focus on the 3.5 GHz. You should know that this band is important since it offers the best speeds in 5G.
As indicated Freebox Universe :
The strategy is, according to Thomas Reynaud, general manager of the Iliad parent company, to concentrate the 5G core band in dense areas where there are bottlenecks on the networks but also where he observes 4G overcapacity in rural areas. . The operator assures him that he will respect all the commitments made when this frequency was allocated. It is therefore not a question of launching into the race for the one with the most equipped sites.
For its part, the National Frequency Agency (ANFR) recently published the data concerning the deployment in February 2023. Free Mobile remains ahead of Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom in terms of the number of 5G antennas. This is largely explained by the use of the 700 MHz frequency band. As for the 3.5 GHz band, Free Mobile is last with 4,516 5G sites, against 5,961 for Orange, 5,902 for Bouygues Telecom and 5,864 for SFR.