5G – the latest generation of cellular networks and one of the fastest wireless technologies ever created – has set foot in France for commercial purposes. ICC mentor city Nice is the first city to benefit from the technology in France.
On 20 November 2020, the Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi and Alain Weill, the Director of telecom operator SFR, officially launched the 5G network in Nice. At an initial stage the 5G network will cover 50% of the city’s population. New 5G packages will be made available to consumers and businesses on a range of compatible devices. SFR was the first company to launch 3G, 4G and 5G in France.
According to Weill, the technology is now available for half of the city’s territory, with an increase to 80% expected within weeks. Users with a 5G compatible smartphone and mobile plan can use it immediately. SFR has lined up Montpellier, Bordeaux, Nantes, Marseille and Paris Ile-de-France as the next cities to receive live 5G coverage in the near future.
The Mayor of Nice, Christian Estrosi, made the following comments on the 5G technology:
“Its use will revolutionise the digital world and open up new avenues in research and everyday life. 5G is an important attraction for Nice and its metropolis. With it, we want to break the isolation of our territories and allow our communities to consider the development of new urban services.”
The ICC is looking forward to seeing how 5G technology in Nice will enable consumers and business to develop new services.