ANFR authorises 5G trials at 273 sites

7 Aug 2019

France’s independent regulator, the National Agency of Frequencies (Agence Nationale des Frequences, ANFR), has given the green light for 65 trial 5G base transceivers stations (BTS) in the 3.5GHz band in July, bringing the total authorised 5G sites in the country to 273. Orange has been allowed to trial fifth-generation technology at 191 sites, followed by Bouygues (57) and Altice France (SFR, 25). The ANFR also published in its monthly update on the number of 2G, 3G and 4G LTE BTS in the country that it had authorised a total of 47,200 sites for LTE use by 1 August 2019, with 42,209 of these BTS currently in service.