Free Mobile today (15 December 2020) became the fourth French operator to launch a commercial 5G network, offering ‘almost 40%’ population coverage from the outset, spanning rural areas as well as towns and cities. 5G services are available at no additional cost for existing and new subscribers to the Free Mobile Plan, with fair use data limits now increased to support 5G usage. To get 5G access, subscribers just need to activate the service online. A range of 5G smartphones are available starting from EUR319 (USD387), while discounted unlimited 5G mobile internet is offered to the Free group’s Freebox fixed broadband subscribers.
Free claims France’s widest 5G footprint at launch, via 5,255 active 700MHz/3.5GHz cell sites, of which 220 are equipped with 3.5GHz frequencies. Free adds that it ‘is principally using European equipment for developing its 4G and 5G networks’.