Orange strengthens lead in French LTE site activations during February

Thursday 8 March 2018 | 09:19 CET | News

The number of LTE cell sites in operation across mainland France increased to 33,369 as of 01 March, according to the latest figures from spectrum agency ANFR. Cell site activations progressed at a slower pace month-on-month across all operators, with the exception of Orange, which ramped up its deployment adding 313 antennas during February.

Bouygues maintained a very narrow lead over Orange in overall sites (14,697 vs. 14,603 respectively), with 41 additions. SFR eased back to 126 new antennas to reach 14,506 in total, while Free Mobile's footprint increased by 164 to pass the milestone of 10,000 sites.

The number of authorised cell sites in France and the overseas territories rose to 39,385 during February, representing an increase of 806 month-on-month. The 800 MHz band continued to be the most commonly used (31,193  authorised sites), followed by the 1,800 MHz band (28,102) and the 2.6 GHz band (25,630).

Nearly all of the 1,646 cell sites authorised in the 700 MHz band were deployed by Free Mobile in mainland France. Bouygues Telecom remained in the lead in the 2.1 GHz band, with 1,523 out of a total of 1,974 sites authorised since the frequencies started being used for LTE services in the second half of 2017.

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