As 5G is not yet available throughout the country, it is impossible for the moment to establish a national comparison. The Mozark platform, which belongs to the telecom measurement specialist Qosi, however delivers a first barometer presented by Le Figaro. As a reminder, The Indian Paper.com had delivered its prize list in the city of Nice.
Eight large cities and one region are concerned. It was necessary to choose territories where the four large mobile operators were present. These are Paris, Nice, Marseille, Montpellier, Strasbourg, Lens, Toulouse, Clermont-Ferrand and Ile-de-France. Orange is well ahead of the results.
Free Mobile lagging behind
Regarding average downlink speeds, Orange has an average score of 146 Mbits / s against 80 Mbits / s for SFR, 78 Mbits / s for Bouygues Telecom and only 28 Mbits / s for Free Mobile.
In terms of maximum speeds, Orange rose to 568 Mbits / s in Montpellier, when Bouygues Telecom reached 400 Mbits / s in Ile-de-France, SFR 344 Mbits / s in Paris, and Free Mobile 214 Mbits / s in Nice and in Ile-de-France.
The differences are therefore substantial and the results are very unfavorable for Free Mobile. They are the consequence of different deployment strategies, Free Mobile having chosen to favor coverage with the 700 MHz band, while Orange is the one that has activated the most antennas in the 3.5 GHz core band, which offers more capacity and more throughput.
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Upstream speeds are lagging behind and even worse than in 4G. Orange thus posts 13 Mbits / s in 5G against 25 Mbits / s in 4G.
The tests were carried out in real conditions. This means that these are consumer subscriptions that have been used with SIM cards that automatically switch to 4G when they fail to pick up 5G.
Source: Le Figaro