France’s independent telecoms regulator, the National Agency of Frequencies (Agence Nationale des Frequences, ANFR), has published its monthly update on the number of 2G, 3G and 4G LTE base transceivers stations (BTS) in the country, reporting that it has authorised a total of 21,645 sites for LTE use by 1 October 2015, up 1.0% month-on-month; 18,595 of these BTS are currently in service.
Orange France, the country’s leading cellco in terms of subscribers, has been authorised to operate 6,241 BTS in the 2.6GHz frequency band, with 5,694 of these sites in service, while of its permitted 5,905 BTS in the 800MHz band, 4,975 are operational. In addition, the operator had been authorised to migrate 40 of its BTS in the 1800MHz band for LTE services.
Numericable-SFR has been authorised to build a total of 5,400 4G-enabled sites in the 800MHz (4,248) and 2.6GHz (1,152) frequency bands, with 4,229 of them operational.
For its part, Free Mobile had 4,648 BTS in operation, out of 6,656 authorised sites in the 2.6GHz band.
Lastly, Bouygues Telecom had permission to operate 7,103 LTE-enabled sites in the 1800MHz band (with 6,096 of these in service), with 3,071 of its 7,251 BTS in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands said to be operational.
Meanwhile, the number of 3G sites in France reached 38,389 BTS by 1 October, while the number of 2G-enabled sites reached 38,884, flat compared to the BTS reported a month earlier.