French telcos asked to address 2G/3G rural coverage gaps within 18 months

18 Mar 2015

France’s Prime Minister Manuel Valls has called on the country’s telecoms operators to address the existing gaps in 2G/3G network coverage in rural areas, domestic newspaper Les Echos reports. Mr Valls was cited as saying: ‘All white areas should be gone in 18 months. But I wish that we go beyond what was intended by including in the law the obligation for all operators to provide access within the same timeframe, not just to 2G but also to 3G.’ The Prime Minister revealed that a total investment of EUR1 billion (USD1.06 billion) has been earmarked for addressing public services issues in underserved locations.