Bouygues reaches 1,000 5G municipalities; Free Mobile tests 5G in several areas

11 Dec 2020

Bouygues Telecom expanded its commercial 5G network yesterday (10 December 2020) to the city of Marseilles, it disclosed on its website, adding that since its launch in 20 major cities on 1 December, the 5G network has gone live in a total of more than 1,000 municipalities, including 67 towns with more than 50,000 inhabitants, throughout France.

With Bouygues’ two larger rivals by mobile subscribers, Orange and SFR, also rapidly expanding their recently-launched 5G networks, fourth-placed operator Free Mobile is yet to announce a commercial 5G launch date. However, as reported by, Free is currently carrying out 5G network tests in the Paris region as well as various other areas, such as La Bazoge (north of Le Mans), Saint-Dizier (in the Grand Est), Torey (next to Le Creusot, in Saone-et-Loire), Givors and Viennes (south of Lyon), and between Mehun-sur-Yevre and Saint-Douchard (north-west of Bourges), indicating a launch may not be far off. Thomas Reynaud, CEO of Free’s parent Iliad Group, indicated last month that Free plans to cover all major French cities with 5G by the end of 2021.

France, Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile