Wednesday, June 1, 2011

4 G licenses: the government is calling for nominations

The Minister of Industry and the Digital Economy, Eric Besson, signed Wednesday, June 1, the decree launching the call for applications for frequency allocation telephony fourth generation (4G), which will be published in Official Journal "in the coming days." The government had stopped mid-May timing of allocation of these frequencies, announcing that the reserve price - the minimum level for the auction - of these licenses was finally set at $ 2.5 billion, two billion cons mentioned above.

The fourth-generation mobile telephony is expected to gradually take over the current 3G and can surf internet at high speed since its smartphone, while new uses such as video explode data traffic. THE RURAL AREAS OF PRIORITY 4G frequencies of 2.6 GHz band - high frequency - will be divided into four lots and awarded in October.

800 mhz band - bass frequencies - will be fourteen lots, which should be awarded early 2012. The specifications for future applicants, prepared by the telecom regulator (Arcep) states including the obligation to cover 98% of the French population by age 12 and 99.6% by 15 years the 800 MHz and cover 75% within 12 years to 2.6 GHz.

He also claims that the deployment of the 4G network will be in a "priority" in rural areas to avoid digital divide. Currently, three operators have a 3G mobile license: France Telecom, SFR (Vivendi), Bouygues Telecom, and Iliad (Free) will become the fourth largest operator in 2012.

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