The Lemon site, specializing in comparisons of internet box offers and mobile plans, reveals a study reporting the deployment of 5G in France. This survey is based on the latest figures provided by Arcep (Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications, Posts and Press Distribution) and ANFR (National Frequency Agency). The site specifies: “only “technically operational” 5G generation antennas whose declared commissioning date has passed are considered”.
Key figures for the deployment of 5G in France
Among the key figures from the study:
- 37,917 5G antennas were marketed in France in the 1st quarter of 2022 (January 1 to March 31, 2022),
- The number of antennas is up by 9.68% compared to December 2021, which had 34,569 antennas. Letting is slowing compared to the 1st quarter of 2021, when the increase was 26%.
- 46% of antennas are marketed by Free,
- 26% of aerials are marketed by Bouygues,
- 19% of antennas are marketed by SFR,
- 9% of antennas are marketed by Orange,
- 4,574 antennas (i.e. 12% of the total number of 5G antennas marketed) are present in cities with more than 200,000 inhabitants,
- 6,174 antennas (i.e. 16.3%) are marketed in cities with 50,000 to 199,999 inhabitants,
- 5,915 branches (i.e. 15.7%) are present in towns with 20,000 to 49,999 inhabitants,
- 8,602 branches (i.e. 22.6%) are located in cities with 5,000 to 19,999 inhabitants,
- 12,652 antennas (i.e. 33.4%) are marketed in towns with less than 5,000 inhabitants.
Interactive maps to follow the deployment of 5G in France
The Lemon.fr site provides users with interactive maps that allow them to discover data related to 5G, nationally or for each municipality. While consulting the interactive map, you access the total number of antennas open for sale in France and by operator, as well as 5G coverage by municipality. It is possible to apply a filter concerning the size of the commune and the frequency. Hover over the map with your mouse and click on your city to view information about it.
A second interactive map also allows you to consult more details on the deployment of 5G in your municipality:
- the antennas marketed in your city,
- the rate of marketing of operational antennas,
- antennas by operator and frequency.
Note that for Paris, Lyon and Marseille, information on 5G is available by district.
The ranking of the 50 most connected cities in 2022
Lemon.fr has also established a 5G cities ranking, i.e. the 50 most connected cities, according to updates published by Arcep and ANFR. The evolution of the ranking is available month by month for each city and it is possible to go back to December 2020. In its analysis, the site specifies that the top 5 is the same as that of December 2021:
- Clermont-Ferrand (1.14 antennas per 1000 inhabitants)
- Dijon (1.07 antenna per 1000 inhabitants)
- Nice (1.04 antenna per 1000 inhabitants)
- Saint-Etienne (1.04 antenna per 1000 inhabitants)
- Aix-en-Provence (1.04 antenna per 1000 inhabitants)
At the bottom of the ranking are: Dunkirk (0.29), Rouen (0.30) and Amiens (0.34). Vitry-sur-Seine recorded the strongest growth in the 1st quarter of 2022, with 0.67 branches per 1,000 inhabitants, rising from 32nd to 27th place in the ranking. Nantes (0.65), which had lost 8 places in the last quarter of 2021, continues its fall in the ranking, losing another 4 places during this 1st quarter of 2022 to arrive at 30th place.
On the side of the big cities: Paris (0.68) goes from 28th to 26th place, Marseille (0.77) remains in 18th place and Lyon (0.61) loses 1 place in the ranking, arriving in 31st position .