The “New Mobile Deal”, signed in January 2018 between the government, Arcep and operators, aims to be absorbed by 2022 in France territories not covered by latest generation mobile networks.

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The target set by the government for operators has been exceeded. Some 80% of the country’s mobile network infrastructure had switched to 4G at the end of 2020 in areas that did not yet have access to it three years earlier, the Telecoms Regulatory Authority (Arcep) announced on Thursday April 8.

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The “New Deal Mobile”, an agreement signed in January 2018 between the government, Arcep and operators, aims to reduce by 2022 in France the “white areas-town centers“, namely territories not covered by latest generation mobile networks. Under this agreement, operators were required to equip 75% of their existing mobile sites located in these areas with 4G on December 31, 2020.

“We are taking a big step forward. It always takes a little while, but we are making a lot of progress“, welcomed Thursday the Secretary of State for Digital, Cédric O, at the opening of the annual conference dedicated to “connected territories”.

In total, 2,148 mobile sites have switched to 4G in the territories not covered by latest generation mobile networks. This corresponds, in March 2021, “to 82% of all sites to be migrated by the end of 2022”, announced the French Telecoms Federation, the association that brings together players in the sector.

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“In four months, we have built and activated 300 new pylons, the pace is accelerating despite a complicated health context”, indicated its president Nicolas Guérin, quoted in a press release.

Out of “white areas-town centers”, between 97% and 99% of mobile network infrastructures are equipped with 4G by operators, according to Arcep’s latest quarterly report.