Orange announced the installation of 80 antennas in 2019 for a 5G network in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band
The French operator Orange announced the installation of 80 5G antennas in Marseille, 40 of which should be installed by spring 2019, and the rest before the end of 2019. This should enable the 2020 commercial deployment of the 5G network in the 3.5 GHz spectrum band, which will be tested by 500 selected users in 2019.
First tests should reach download speeds of 400 Mbps to 2 Gbps and upload speeds between 20 and 50 Gbps with a latency around 10 to 15 milliseconds. Two to three years after the 5G commercial deployment (planned in 2020) speeds are expected to reach 1 to 10 Gbps with 2 to 5 milliseconds latency.