Bouygues, Free, Orange and SFR to apply to the French, 5G mobile spectrum

FILE PHOTO: the logo of the upcoming mobile standard 5 G has been shown in Hanover, Germany on March 31, 2019. (REUTERS photo/Fabian Bimmer/File Photo

PARIS (Reuters) – French telecom operators Bouygues Telecom, Mobile, Orange and SFR have made offers for France, the new 5G telecom spectrum, as the regulator, Arcep said on Thursday.

“All four candidates have agreed in their desire to be one of the four blocks of 50 MHz, which will be issued in exchange for, the obligations of which are included in the proceedings,” Arcep said in a statement.

Arcep added it was hoped that the granting of the 5G licenses, in June, at the latest. In November, the prime minister said that at the beginning of s 5G, the spectrum would be sold at a price of 2.17 billion euros ($2.4 billion).

Reporting by Sudip Kar-Gupta; editing by Louise Heavens

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