Jordan Bardella, MEP and vice-president of the National Gathering, guest of franceinfo Thursday, September 24, 2020.
Jordan Bardella, MEP and vice-president of the National Rally, guest of franceinfo Thursday, September 24, 2020 (FRANCEINFO / RADIOFRANCE)

“The only two countries which have not started the deployment of 5G today are France and Bosnia and Herzegovina”, said Jordan Bardella, vice-president of the National Gathering, interviewed Thursday, September 24 on franceinfo. This is wrong, other countries are added to this list.

Jordan Bardella, contacted by franceinfo, said he found the source of his words in an article in Siecle Digital. This article is based on an interactive map that can be found on the internet and which is also widely circulated on social networks. Developed by the Ookla company, this map identifies in real time the location of 5G installations around the world. Blue bubbles indicate the presence of 5G equipment. France does not have one, just like Bosnia, but looking more closely, we notice that Portugal, Greece, Croatia and Luxembourg do not have one either.


Ookla map of 5G deployment around the world
Global 5G Deployment Ookla Map (Global 5G Deployment Ookla Map)

This Ookla card is still to be taken with a grain of salt. Admittedly, at first glance, France is empty of 5G equipment. However, by checking other parameters, bubbles also end up appearing in France: they correspond to 5G equipment installed in France, but for test phases. The map only lists 35, there are actually nearly 500, as shown in another map produced by the National Frequency Agency (ANFR).

France and Bosnia are therefore not the only two countries that have not yet started the deployment of 5G. France is not starting from scratch either, since it has already installed 5G antennas for test phases. However, France is indeed lagging behind some of its neighbors such as Germany, Belgium or the United Kingdom, which have, for their part, already deployed 5G commercial offers for individuals.