Bouygues Telecom, SFR aim to include 5G in network sharing deal
Bouygues Telecom and SFR have been sharing their networks to provide 2G, 3G and 4G services in a portion of the country since 2014. On 23 January 2023, Arcep received three new contractual amendments signed by both parties whose main purpose was to extend the 5G sharing agreement and deploy new cell sites on the shared network.
On 31 January 2014, Bouygues Telecom and SFR concluded a network sharing agreement (aka “Crozon” agreement), later supplemented by amendments, notably in 2016 and 2020
The sharing agreement was signed in 2014 for a period of 20 years. It initially pertained to 2G/3G/4G networks over a large portion of Metropolitan France, with a temporary 4G roaming solution.
In 2016, in an amendment to this contract, Bouygues Telecom and SFR agreed upon a trajectory for the gradual end of SFR roaming on the Bouygues Telecom network by the end of 2018 (see inset).
In February 2020, a new amendment to the contract was sent to Arcep which covered the future deployment of new 2G, 3G and 4G cell sites, with a view to meeting their regulatory obligations under the New Deal for Mobile (see inset).
In January 2023, three new amendments to the network sharing agreement were submitted to Arcep whose aim, in particular, was to expand the sharing agreement to include 5G and incorporate new cell sites into the shared network
On 23 January 2023, Arcep received three new amendments to the network sharing agreement. Once in effect, they would include:
- Having the network sharing, excluding spectrum sharing, initially implemented for 2G, 3G and 4G technologies, to be expanded to include 5G technology. The technical, operational and financial terms governing shared 5G network operation are set out in detail;
- A new increase in shared network’s density, with the addition of new cell sites. The geographical scope remains unchanged.
Arcep informs market stakeholders and examines the amendments
Arcep will examine these amendments, in particular with respect to regulatory objectives and the 25 May 2016 mobile network sharing guidelines. To this end, today Arcep is calling on market stakeholders to share their feedback on the amendment, with due regard to business confidentiality. Arcep
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