Almost exactly a year after first indicating its strategy for the roll-out of next-generation networks across its key European territories, Orange has revealed its plans for the roll-out of its 5G network in 15 French municipalities, with, it said, quality of service its priority.
Orange announced that as of 3 December 2020 it will roll out 5G in Nice, Marseille, Le Mans, Angers and Clermont Ferrand. By the end of the year, more than 160 municipalities will be covered with 5G.
On 1 October 2020, during the auction for 5G spectrum in France, Orange obtained the largest share of the frequency blocks involved, with 90 MHz of spectrum. The 5G deployment focuses mainly on these new 3.5GHz frequencies and may be supplemented by the use of 2.1GHz frequencies. Orange said that only 3.5GHz frequencies allow a true 5G experience with fast browsing, reduced latency and almost instantaneous download speeds.