The state releases € 80 million to cover (almost) all France 2G

The State has announced the release of an envelope of € 80 million intended to help mobile operators to cover almost the entire territory with at least a 2G mobile network. The idea is to accelerate the deployment of antennas in white areas, but also in 800 spots.

Installing a radio antenna

The “white areas – centers boroughs” is for operators to cover all the centers boroughs (3568 in total to 1% of the population) of the Hexagon on 2G (voice and Internet) by the December 31, 2016 (or six months after the provision of the tower by the local authority) and 3G of June 30, 2017.

To help operators to cover these areas, the state has just released EUR 80 million. More than 30 million euros will be used to finance the installation of towers, at 100 000 per pylon or even EUR 130 000 in mountainous areas, as well as electrical arrival to cover 268 towns that still have no access to a mobile network. Once the towers are in place, operators will install their antennas and equipment.

pooling techniques

Recall that the operators have chosen local roaming (one operator welcomes customers on other network) and the sharing of passive infrastructure (a single operator provides a pylon that can be used by others). For 3G, the four operators were expected to share active infrastructure (a single antenna, used by all operators on their own frequencies). In this regard, operators have until mid 2017 to cover 3G 2200 centers towns that have currently only 2G, even in the worst case of any network.

Signature of an agreement between @Orange_france @SFR @BouyguesTelecom and @FreeMobile to cover the white areas. pic.twitter.com/lV5FGeAraY

– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) February 24, 2016

800 tourist sites cover

Of the remaining 50 million euros, 42.5 million will be earmarked to cover 800 sites of interest, typically the sights. The list of sites has not been established, but the call for projects is expected to start on 15 March. In total, 600 sites should be equipped in 2017 according to our colleagues Site Next Inpact. The cost of these deployments will be borne half by the State and half by local authorities.

The case of the internal hedge

Finally, the decree published in the Official Journal discusses the case of the inner cover (indoor). It states that operators must allow the provision “covers tailored individual solutions, low cost, interoperable, which will aim to meet the different needs of use within buildings, both for individuals (Femtocell, by example) and professional (repeaters, for example). ” It will monitor how these solutions will be implemented, especially as Bouygues Telecom, it is now impossible to purchase a femtocell recent months.