Paris, 10 September 2015
Starting on 25 May 2016, Free Mobile will have a 15 MHz duplex in the 1800
MHz band. ARCEP has adopted a decision assigning the operator an additional
10 MHz duplex on that date, to supplement the 5 MHz duplex which it has already
been assigned in this band.
This decision follows through on the decisions adopted on 4 April 2013 and
30 July 2015, which set the terms and conditions for Bouygues Telecom, Orange
and SFR refarming the band for 4G, and which plans on having these three operators
relinquish a portion of their frequencies so that they might be assigned to
This marks the final stage in implementing the guidelines on introducing technological
neutrality in the 1800 MHz band, which were published on 12 March 2013.
As result, starting on 25 May 2016, the 1800 MHz will be assigned as follows: