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By NewsGram Staff Writer

On a three-nation tour, Prime Minister Narendra Modi landed in Paris on Thursday night. He will hold talks with French President Francois Hollande, and meet the business leaders and influencers.

During PM’s four-day stay in France, the focus of the talks will be on defense, trade and civil nuclear energy.
Ahead of the dialogues between PM Modi and French President Hollande, the government said that it expects “movement” on a proposal for setting up French nuclear reactors in Jaitapur in Maharashtra as well as Rafale fighter jet deal, which are pending for long.

The agenda of the substantive discussions between Modi and Hollande will focus high on trade, nuclear energy and fighter jet deal. It is also anticipated that the PM will try to seek France’s participation in India’s ‘Make in India’ program. In addition, a deliberation on terrorism, against the backdrop of an attack in Paris, will also be there between Modi and Hollande.

Jaitapur is where a French company, Areva, is to set up six nuclear reactors with total power generation capacity of about 10,000 MW. The project is stuck from long time over the differences on the cost of electricity to be generated.

Similarly, the clash over price has almost created a dead end for a deal to supply 126 Rafale fighter planes.

When asked whether the two leaders will discuss about the much awaited Jaitapur nuclear project and multi-billion dollar Rafale jet deal, External Affairs Ministry spokesman, Syed Akbaruddin, said that, “India and France are strategic partners. In this context, the issues of civil nuclear and defense cooperation will be discussed. The issues you referred to will also be discussed. We expect movement on these issues. There will be substantive discussions on defence and nuclear issues. Wait for the outcome.”

However, the highlight of the tour will be ‘Naav Pe Charcha,’ PM’s chat with Hollande during a boat ride when they will go for a cruise on River Seine.

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France Expects First 5G Deployment by 2020

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

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"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. VOA

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”.

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FILE – People stand next to a 5G logo during the Mobile World Congress wireless show, in Barcelona, Spain, Feb. 28, 2018. VOA

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.

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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)