Orange leads French LTE cell site activations in October

Wednesday 8 November 2017 | 09:22 CET | News

The number of LTE cell sites in operation across mainland France increased to 31,692 as of 01 November, according to the latest figures from spectrum agency ANFR. Orange added the most antennas during October (+397) to reach 13,332 overall. The pace of SFR's activations slowed down month-on-month to 214, bringing the total to 13,491. Similarly, Bouygues Telecom eased back to 105 additions, maintaining a narrow lead in overall active antennas (13,902), while Free Mobile’s footprint increased by 247 to reach 9,167.

The number of authorised cell sites in France and the overseas territories rose by 1.2 percent month-on-month to 37,648. The 800 MHz band remained the most common (29,631 sites), closely followed by the 1,800 MHz band (25,319) and the 2.6 GHz band (24,442). Most of the 1,151 cell sites authorised in the 700 MHz band have so far been deployed by Free Mobile, while Orange has recently joined Bouygues and SFR in starting to use the 2.1 GHz band for LTE services, with 240 cell sites authorised across the three operators, of which 48 already in service. 

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