SFR, the high speed broadband leader, continues its roll-out
Jun 27, 2018
Le 27 / 06 / 18 | Posté par Xiao-ou HSU
- Almost 97% of the population covered by 4G with 405 additional municipalities covered and also 522 get 4G+
- 3 additional towns now covered by 4G+ up to 300 Mbps
- 1st French fiber (1) optic network with almost 11.5 million eligible plugs, SFR, extends, in May, more than 130,000 new fiber connections in 82 municipalities
Almost 97% of the population covered by 4G with 405 additional municipalities covered and also 522 get 4G+
In May 2018, SFR continued the extension of its 4G/4G+ network and remains - according to the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR) (2) - the provider with the most 4G antennas in service in France (30,229 antennas).
With almost 97% of the population covered in 4G, SFR has, this month, opened the 4G coverage in 405 additional municipalities and the 4G+ coverage in 522 municipalities.
More specifically, throughout this month, Vence (06) or Dinard (35) benefitted from the arrival of 4G coverage as well as 395 new municipalities with less than 3,500 inhabitants. 522 new municipalities are also able to enjoy 4G+ coverage with for example Bourg-en-Bresse (01), Libourne (33) or Le Creusot (71) (Please see list of towns below).
The rapid pace of high speed mobile coverage expansion allowed SFR to cover almost 97% of the population in France with 4G.
3 additional towns now covered by 4G+ up to 300 Mbps
SFR continues its investments to provide 4G+ up to 300 Mbps to its customers, which allows them to enjoy maximum theoretical speeds of up to three times higher than with standard 4G. Already deployed in more than 900 towns (of more than 2,000 inhabitants), this technology is now available in Roubaix (59) and Vedene (84) (Please see list of towns below).
First provider in France able to make a 5G New Radio connection in using the 3.5 Ghz frequency band
In parallel, SFR is already actively preparing for the arrival of 5G, the next generation of high-speed mobile broadband in France. On May 23rd, at the heart of its test laboratory in Vélizy, SFR carried out the first demonstration in France of a 5G flow rate higher than 1 Gbit/s with a pre-commercial terminal in the 3.5Ghz frequency band. This experiment in real situation allows to reach a rate of 1.6 Gbit/s.
SFR is on its way to 5G and is preparing to equip its first cities in 2019, before the commercial launch in 2020.
1st French fiber (1) optic network with almost 11.5 million eligible plugs, SFR, extends, in May, more than 130,000 new fiber connections in 82 municipalities
In May 2018, SFR continued its roll-outs through the country and more than 130,000 homes and business premises were made eligible for fiber (1) connections in 82 municipalities. Among these, 27 are new to the world of fiber, such as Châtelaillon-Plage (17), Culoz (01), Ézy-sur-Eure (27) or Grand-Charmont (25) and et 55 benefitted from extension of their coverage, such as Colomiers (31), Maubeuge (59), Morlaix (29), Nice (06) or Villeneuve-Saint-Georges (94) (Please see list of towns below).
To date, SFR fiber services are available in nearly 1,900 French municipalities.
Already equipped with France’s most extensive fiber network (FTTH/FTTB), with almost 11.5 million available connections, SFR can confirm its leadership and will continue to drive the market thanks to its deployment momentum which will deliver fiber optic coverage into the heart of the country.
4G+ and 4G+ up to 300 Mbps are offered at no extra cost to SFR customers with 4G subscriptions and compatible devices. Eligibility for FTTx, mobile coverage and the details of the offers are available on sfr.fr.
(1) Fiber with coaxial or optic terminal, according to eligibility
(2) According to the barometer produced by the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (National Frequencies Agency) https://www.anfr.fr/gestion-des-frequences-sites/lobservatoire/
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