Mobile coverage in France

In order to help customers distinguish between different telephone operators, "l’Autorité de regulation des communications électroniques et des postes" (Arcep) has put online a set of maps of France which show the voice, SMS, 3G, and 4G coverage of each operator.

Update: July 2019

Voice and SMS coverage of different operators in France

Since January 2017, l’Arcep has required all phone operators to publish maps of the territorial coverage of their voice and SMS networks.

Since September 2017, l’Arcep has, via its "Observatoire sur la couverture et la qualité des services mobiles", published a map of mobile coverage for all of metropolitan France. This map allows customers to see the coverage zones for different operators at 4 levels:

  • “Very good coverage”,
  • “Good coverage”,
  • “Limited coverage”,
  •  “No coverage”.

This website also shows voice and SMS coverage of each operator by region.

Consult the map:

3G and 4G coverage of different operators in France

In addition, the website displays 3G and 4G internet coverage. This tool aims to help customers compare different operators based on their coverage in their region:

  • For 3G, the map shows coverage at 3 levels: “3G coverage”, “3G coverage limited to 1 Mb/s”, or “No coverage”
  • For 4G, the map shows coverage at 2 levels: “4G coverage” or “No coverage”

The website also shows each operator’s 3G and 4G coverage by region. It is as easy as entering the name of your town or road, and you know which operator covers your area.

The quality of voice, SMS, and mobile internet coverage of each operator also displays the quality of voice, SMS, and mobile internet coverage of each operator in different modes of transport.

You can see the quality:

  • On highways
  • In the TGV (high-speed train)
  • In the inter-cities / TER
  • In the RER and transiliens
  • In the metro (Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Paris, Rennes, and Toulouse)

Finally, this tool also displays voice, SMS, and mobile internet coverage quality in public spaces in rural, suburban, and urban areas.

Roadmap for the implementation of 5G

Begun in July 2018, the plan to deploy 5G in France has multiple objectives to reach before 2020.

  • Make available and designate the necessary radio frequencies for the 5G network
  • Promote the development of new industrial uses of 5G
  • Accompany the deployment of 5G infrastructures
  • Ensure transparency and dialogue on the implementation of the 5G network, as well as a public exhibition of it

The Direction Générale des Entreprises (DGE) and l’Arcep have already organized work groups for this project.

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