French cellcos to invest EUR3bn in 4G deployments by 2020

15 Jan 2018

France’s mobile operators are planning to spend more than EUR3 billion (USD3.7 billion) on the deployment of 4G networks in underserved areas across the country to ensure there are no coverage gaps by 2020, according to Julien Denormandie, junior minister for territorial cohesion. Journal du Dimanche writes that Orange, SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Iliad’s Free Mobile have agreed to install 5,000 masts and antennas and jointly ensure network coverage along 30,000km of rail tracks. Denormandie also said that the three-year rollout plan would bring 4G coverage to more than 10,000 towns and villages which are currently only served by 2G/3G networks.