France to hold a 5G auction in September

8 Jun 2020

France is aiming to commence a 5G spectrum auction in September, junior economy minister Agnes Pannier-Runacher told local newspaper Le Figaro. The official was cited as saying: ‘Our objective, and I have communicated it to Arcep, is that the auctions be launched quickly. September is a reasonable objective… for a launch of 5G before the end of the year.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Arcep revealed in February 2020 that four companies submitted applications for the allocation of frequencies in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band in mainland France, namely Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange France and Altice France (previously SFR). In March 2020 however Arcep postponed the 5G spectrum auction to an unspecified date due to the COVID-19 outbreak. A spokeswoman for the authority was quoted as saying that Arcep ‘won’t be able to maintain the auction planned for mid-April’, and plans to ‘organise the frequency sale for a later date once more information is available.’

France, Arcep