French telecoms regulator Arcep has approved eleven initiatives aiming to trial 5G technology in the 26GHz band.
The regulator said that the trial concessions authorise the holders to use the assigned spectrum for a period of up to three years. The selected firms must have an operational 5G trial network by 1 January 2021 (at the latest) and make it available to third parties to perform their own 5G trials. They must also publish the terms and conditions for accessing the trial network and provide Arcep with a detailed report on the trials conducted via the platform.
The selected initiatives are as follows: Cite des Sciences et de l’Industrie (Universcience, Nokia; 26.5GHz-27.3GHz), Velodrome National (Saint-Quentin-en-Yvelines, Nokia, Qualcomm, Airbus and France Televisions; 26.5GHz-26.9GHz), Bordeaux (Bordeaux Metropole, Bouygues Telecom; 26.5GHz-26.9GHz), Le Havre (Grand Port of le Havre, Siemens, EDF, Nokia; 26.5GHz-27.3GHz), Velizy (Bouygues Telecom; 26.5GHz-26.9GHz), Saint-Priest (Bouygues Telecom; 26.5GHz-26.9GHz), Gare de Lyon Part-Dieu (SNCF, Bouygues Telecom; 26.5GHz-26.9GHz), Piteaux (Paris Defense; 26.5GHz-27.3GHz), Nozay (Alcatel Lucent International; 26.5GHz-27.5GHz), Chatillon (Orange; 26.5GHz-27.5GHz) and Station of Rennes (SNCF, Orange; 26.5GHz-27.5GHz). Arcep also said that it plans to allocate spectrum for 5G use in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band in ‘a few weeks’.