- 688 additional municipalities receive 4G coverage and 552 get 4G+
- 8 towns now covered by 4G+ up to 300 Mbps
- More than 83,000 new fibre(1) connections in 83 municipalities
In April, 688 additional municipalities received 4G coverage and 552 got 4G+
In April 2018, SFR continued the extension of its 4G/4G+ network and remains – according to the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR)(2) – the provider with the most 4G antennas in service in France (29,523 antennas).
More specifically, throughout this month, 688 new municipalities – for example Embrun (05) or La Brède (33) – benefitted from the arrival of 4G coverage including 684 municipalities with less than 3,500 inhabitants, while 552 were able to enjoy 4G+ coverage, for example Sens (89), Perthuis (84) or Château-d’Olonne (85) (Please see list of towns attached).
The rapid pace of high speed mobile coverage expansion allowed SFR to cover 96% of the population in France with 4G since March 31 2018.
8 towns are now covered by 4G+ up to 300 Mbps
SFR continues its investments to provide 4G+ up to 300 Mbps to its customers, which allows them to enjoy maximum theoretical speeds of up to three times higher than with standard 4G. Already deployed in more than 900 towns (of more than 2,000 inhabitants), this technology is now available in Orvault (44) et Woippy (57) (Please see list of towns attached).
First in France to make a 5G New Radio connection using the 3.5 Ghz frequency band
In paralell, SFR is already actively preparing for the arrival of 5G, the next generation of high-speed mobile broadband in France. On May 23rd, at the heart of its test laboratory in Vélizy, SFR carried out the first demonstration in France of a 5G flow rate higher than 1 Gbit/s with a pre-commercial terminal in the 3.5Ghz frequency band. This experiment in real situation allows to reach a rate of 1.6 Gbit/s.
SFR is on its way to 5G and is preparing to equip its first cities in 2019, before the commercial launch in 2020.
More than 83,000 new fibre connections distributed through 83 municipalities
In April 2018, SFR continued its roll-outs through the country and more than 83,000 homes and business premises were made eligible for fibre(1) connections in 83 municipalities. Among these, 51 are new to the world of fibre, such as Ballan-Miré (37), Brebières (62), Mandelieu-la-Napoule (06), Pierrefonds (60) or Saint-Alban (31) and 32 benefitted from extension of their coverage, such as Aulnay-sous-Bois (93), Chécy (45), Évreux (27) or Sète (34) (Please see list of towns attached).
To date, SFR fibre services are available in more than 1,800 French municipalities.
Already equipped with France’s most extensive fibre network (FTTH/FTTB), with more than 11 million available connections (as of March 31 2018), SFR can confirm its leadership and will continue to drive the market thanks to its deployment momentum which will deliver fibre optic coverage into the heart of the country.
4G+ and 4G+ up to 300 Mbps are offered at no extra cost to SFR customers with 4G subscriptions and compatible devices. Eligibility for FTTx, mobile coverage and the details of the offers are available on sfr.fr.
(1) Fibre with coaxial or optic terminal, according to eligibility
(2) According to the barometer produced by the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (National Frequencies Agency) https://www.anfr.fr/gestion-des-frequences-sites/lobservatoire/