France launches 5G spectrum auction

Thursday, October 1, 2020 – 12:12 ksa

According to international newspapers, the sale of radio frequencies for the introduction of ultra-rapid fifth-generation mobile networking technology (5 G) began on 29 September, local time in France. This mechanism would add billions of euros to the depleted national treasury of this government.

The operators Orange, SFR Telecom, Bouygues Telecom and ‘Free Cell’ Telecom are vying for 11 unused frequency bands, according to a study by Agence France-Presse on 29 September. 5 G networks are offered by several cities in France.

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4 G ‘s popular 5 G technologies would significantly accelerate data transfer, heralding dramatic improvements in a variety of goods and services, from autonomous vehicles to remote surgery.

The study pointed out that France was initially expected to launch the auction of these frequency bands in April, but due to the latest crown outbreak, the auction was postponed.

France is currently behind other countries which have unveiled 5 G networks, according to the survey, with China and South Korea leading the way. More than a dozen EU countries have already started running 5 G networks, but no country has more advanced 5 G services than these two Asian giants.

According to news, French leftists and left-wing politicians attempted to block the introduction of 5 G because of health and environmental issues, but the government headed by President Macron actively supported 5 G services.

“France will want to move to 5 G because it is a turn to creativity,” said Macron, who is eager to establish France as an inventive nation that accepts cutting-edge technology.

The French government is expected to obtain from the sale at least EUR 2.2 billion in revenue, according to the study. This is a welcome windfall as the government uses all of its strategic leverage to monitor the latest crown epidemic’s economic effects.

The launch of 5 G networks is also seen as a major boost to the French industry. On September 29, France’s Secretary of State for the Digital Economy and Industrial Relations, Cedric Au, told a Radio One reporter in Europe: “All understands that this is highly necessary for economic development and for the future of manufacturing.”