Orange Group

Orange sets 5G launch date for French municipalities

26 November 2020 | Melanie Mingas

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Orange will launch its 5G network in 15 French municipalities on 3 December, taking the total number of connected municipalities to 160 by year-end.

The new locations will include Nice, Marseille, Le Mans, Angers and Clermont Ferrand, and Orange said the introduction of 3.5GHz 5G in these locations will bring speeds up to “three to four times faster than 4G”.

Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of the group, commented: “This new technology is a breakthrough innovation that will allow all of our customers, both individuals and businesses to benefit from unprecedented quality of service and to develop new uses.

“The deployment will be done gradually and in a constructive dialogue with all local authorities, in parallel with our efforts to expand coverage of the French territory in 4G. As a responsible operator, Orange is committed to offering the best to its customers to meet their growing connectivity needs, thanks to more efficient technology that is more energy efficient.”

In October, Orange took the broadest range of frequencies in France’s 5G auction and the latest deployment focuses mainly on these new 3.5GHz frequencies, although Orange said they “may be supplemented” by the use of 2.1GHz frequencies.