Free Mobile updates its network to boost your 4G speed

Free Mobile updates its network to boost your 4G speed

Free Mobile is taking advantage of a reorganization of frequencies to improve the speed of its 4G customers. The change is already active on the majority of the territory. It remains to rock the Paris region.

This is a welcome improvement for Free Mobile customers. The operator began in 2022 to develop its telephone network to increase the speeds accessible in 4G, when mobile users are near certain relay antennas. This progression should be completed in 2023, with the updating of the infrastructures located in Île-de-France.

We have increased the bandwidth of LTE 2100 frequencies to 15 MHz in most of the territory. The Paris region should be switched over for the beginning of 2023. You benefit from additional 4G speeds automatically », thus explains one of the Twitter accounts of Free Mobile, in a message published on December 21, 2022.

A wider frequency band

For 4G, Free Mobile uses several portions of the electromagnetic spectrum: It uses the 700 megahertz (MHz), 1,800 MHz, 2,100 MHz (or 2.1 gigahertz — GHz) and 2,600 MHz (2.6 GHz) bands. In the case of the 2.1 GHz slice, Free Mobile actively uses more than 5,200 sites throughout the territory, according to statistics as of December 1, 2022.

However, it turns out that the operator only benefited from a relatively small block in the 2.1 GHz portion: a block of only 5 MHz. But, from August 20, 2021, reminds the telecoms regulatorthe share granted to Free Mobile increased to 15 MHz, on the uplink (sending data) and on the downlink (retrieving data).

Pending the arrival of 5G, which is currently being deployed, 4G connectivity is improving at Free Mobile. // Source: Melvyn Dadure for Numerama

Specialized sites like Freebox Universe had detected earlier this year developments in the management of the 2.1 GHz band by Free Mobile. This reorganization is linked to the agreement reached between the government, the operators and the regulator at the beginning of 2018 on access to and use of frequencies, in exchange for rules to be respected in terms of regional planning.

If you are at Free Mobile with a 4G compatible smartphone, you don’t have to do anything in particular to benefit from this new capacity – except to be near an antenna managing these frequencies at 2.1 GHz. The network update is transparent to the public. For Ile-de-France residents, all that remains is to wait a few weeks.

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Source: Parks and Recreation

(updated with a correction on the number of Free Mobile antennas in 2100 MHz)

Source: Numerama