The regulator said
Bouygues Telecom appears to have met its commitment to deploy 2G in 17 town centres, compared to eight that were required for
This latest rebuke from Arcep comes as it pursues its goal of ensuring that the market’s four mobile network operators (MNOs) continue to improve 2G, 3G and 4G coverage across France, particularly in the country's more sparsely populated areas. The MNOs have been assigned a series of obligations under the terms of their 4G licences as well as under the government’s "town centre not-spots" programme, and Arcep is tracking their progress closely.
Its most recent scorecard indicates that while rollouts are progressing, the process needs to accelerate further. Some 268 town centres were added to the “town centre not-spots" programme in 2016, bringing the total number of town centres to be covered to close to 3,800. They represent around 1 per cent of the population of
Arcep noted that 91 per cent of these town centres now have 2G coverage, but 297 are still waiting for a tower to be installed. 3G coverage now stands at 54 per cent of town centres in the programme, but the regulator said operators needed to accelerate their rollouts so that their deployments are completed by June 30, 2017, in accordance with the law.
In terms of 4G, the frequency licences issued to operators carry specific coverage obligations for
Operators that have a 4G licence in the 800 MHz band --
- see this Arcep release
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