Chinese tech giant Huawei has built next-generation 5G mobile phone network in Monaco, making the sovereign city-state in the French Rivera the first European country to be fully covered by 5G.
“5G world premiere: Monaco Telecom first full 5G country! Ultra-high-speed recorded at 1.4Gbps. 5G included in all mobile packages,” Xavier Niel, the operator’s owner wrote on a Twitter message late on Tuesday.
Frederic Genta, Monaco interdepartmental delegate in-charge of the digital transition, hailed “a paradigm change” thanks to 5G mobile phone network based on technology from the Chinese firm Huawei, Xinhua news agency reported on Wednesday.
“5G is the promise of a better quality of life for all and exceptional opportunities. It will allow to adapt life to our needs,” he said. For Huawei Vice President Guo Ping, deploying the new network in Monaco is a major opportunity despite the small size of territory covered.
“Monaco is a small territory… which allows us to make a shop window in a number of areas… and can serve as a model for other operators and states,” Guo was quoted as saying by local media. (IANS)
French telecom regulator Arcep expects the commercial roll-out of the next-generation 5G mobile phone network in the country to commence in 2020, to be followed by large-scale commercialisation a decade later.
“The draft procedure… stipulates that all applicants, regardless of whether or not they have chosen to make optional commitments, will be subject to a series of obligations, particularly with respect to regional coverage,” said Arcep on the launch of its 5G frequency allocation procedure for telecom operators on Monday.
According to Arcep, 5G deployment would be gradual. By the end of 2020, each operator will be required to offer 5G services in at least two French cities. By 2025, there should be 12,000 sites in operation, offering 5G to two-thirds of the country’s population, reported Xinhua news agency.
Around 20-25 per cent of these 12,000, 3.4-3.8 GHz band sites must be located “in sparsely populated areas targeting economic activities, notably manufacturing”. In accordance with the regulator’s plan, operators will be required to “introduce a concomitant mechanism to ensure that non-urban areas will also benefit from these rollouts”.
As for the remaining zones, operators will be obliged to offer 5G speed of at least 240 megabits per second (Mbps), which is four times the speed of the current 4G service.
“The intermediate targets give operators flexibility in whether to use 4G or 5G technology, provided they meet the speed requirement. By 2030, however, they must be providing 5G services in all of their sites,” Arcep said.
The telecom regulator noted the frequencies will be allocated for a period of 15 years with a possible five-year extension. Telecom operators have until September 4 to express their comments in a public consultation, according to the statement. “Arcep will then submit its final text to the government in the weeks that follow,” it said. (IANS)