The Paris metro finally completed the 3G and 4G coverage of its stations in June 2020. It remained to be seen whether the user experience was up to the task. The answer is yes, according to Arcep. The success rate for loading a web page in less than 10 seconds among the four operators is now 95% on average.
Almost perfect navigation in Lyon, Toulouse and Rennes
All metros combined, this rate varies between 85 and 88%. The Lyon metro, whose 4G coverage was finalized at the end of 2019, would now experience “Almost perfect web browsing”, as underlined by the telecoms gendarme. This was already the case in those of Toulouse and Rennes, whose construction is more recent.
Concerning the TGV, progress is also notable. Some would be due to the quality of the trains put into service, better insulated and less porous for the radio signal. However, the results remain mixed between operators. Orange has a success rate of 81%, instead of 69% for Free, 72% for Bouygues Telecom and 69% for SFR.
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These data come from additional test campaigns carried out last fall in various metros in France and in January 2021 for TGVs. But also the aggregation of information provided by third parties complying with the Arcep protocol: communities but also the SNCF, or the private actor Qosi.
It should be remembered that according to the results published in December 2020, the improvement of the quality of service was also at the rendezvous for the main roads but with strong contrasts between operators.
Orange has a 96% success rate, Bouygues Telecom and SFR 94%, and Free 92%. Generally speaking, in terms of transport, Free remains slightly behind its competitors. But it is he who progresses the most because he started from further afield.