The French 5G Market Is Worth 2 Billion Euros In 2021

The French 5G Market Is 2 Billion Euros In 2021


According to Lightreading, in December 2021, a French research institution published a research report on the country's 5G market, which comprehensively summarized the 5G network deployment and business development of the four major French operators, author D.Little. 


The French 5G Market Is Worth 2 Billion Euros In 2021


According to this report, France's 5G ecosystem is well established, with the entire business volume reaching 2 billion euros in 2020, half of which comes from the network construction of the four major operators, Orange, Bouygues Telecom, SFR and Free, and the other half from the sales of 5G terminals , and only 13 million euros from the plan fee for 5G users. 


Looking ahead, the report predicts that by 2027, France's annual 5G investment will be between 1.5 billion and 2.2 billion euros, and 5G business revenue will be between 23 billion and 28 billion euros. In 2027, the five vertical areas will account for 75% of 5G commercial application revenue, broken down as follows:

Industry 4.0: 1.3 billion to 1.9 billion euros
Transport: 800 million to 1.2 billion euros
Energy and water: 250 million to 400 million euros
Health: 330 million to 500 million euros
Agriculture: 330 million to 500 million euros


In 2020, the French 5G ecosystem has nearly 250 companies, of which 180 are French, employing about 6,000 to 8,000 employees, and is expected to reach nearly 100,000 in the future. 


The 5G construction in France officially started in September 2020, and the four major operators will complete the preliminary network construction and begin to provide services by the end of the year based on the 3.5GHz spectrum previously auctioned. Currently, their plans all include a considerable amount of data traffic. Orange and Bouygues Telecom's plan is 200GB per month, SFR and Free are both unlimited data, but Free requires you to choose their home broadband and TV services at the same time to get unlimited 5G data. 


The report states that every nationwide 5G operator must have at least 3,000 5G base stations by 2022 and more than 8,000 by 2024, 4,000 of which are in low-density areas. It is expected to provide 5G slicing services from 2023, while the target for 2030 is a 100% 5G network. 


Of the four major 5G operators, Free Telecom, owned by Iliad, leads the way in commercial deployments, according to the latest data from French telecoms regulator Arcep. By September 2021, Free had deployed 12,000 5G base stations, most of them in the 700MHz to 800MHz band. In second place, Bouygues Telecom has 5,003 base stations, Altice France's SFR has 3,160, and Orange has 2,473, and their spectrum is mainly in the 3.5GHz band. The spectrum of Bouygues and SFR is mainly at 1.8GHz and 2.1GHz.

Post time: Jan-13-2022