The first to communicate on its 5G schedule, Bouygues Telecom is therefore finally the second French mobile operator to launch a commercial offer, after SFR. Bouygues, which is a national 5G coverage for end 2021, opened its network on 1 st December, driven by six consumer packages including a special series:
two free mobile purchases (ideal if you already own a smartphone-compatible), three with mobile purchases, and a no-obligation plan. we will give you all the details.
20 major cities covered by 5G since 1 st December 2020
Before even discovering the packages offered by Bouygues Telecom, it may be good to know which are the twenty major cities covered by 5G by the operator at the launch of its fifth-generation network.
The main cities open in 5G at the beginning of December are Lyon, Nice, Cannes, Montpellier, Reims, Dijon, Aix-en-Provence, Rouen, Nancy, Le Havre, Toulon, Saint-Denis, Le Mans, Boulogne-Billancourt, Villeurbanne, Argenteuil , Montreuil, Avignon, Metz and Versailles.
These large cities very often irrigate many surrounding municipalities. In the case of Aix-en-Provence for example, some neighboring municipalities such as Venelles, Aix la Duranne, Cabriès or Marignane (where Marseille Provence airport is located) are covered by the operator’s 5G network, just like Meyzieu , Bron, Vénissieux, Rillieux-la-Pape, Chassieu or Décines-Charpieu for Lyon and Villeurbanne. Part of Lyon-Saint-Exupéry airport also appears to be covered.
The company aims for national 5G coverage by the end of next year. A map is also available on the operator’s website.
Six packages, from 25 to 70 euros/month, but no 100% unlimited offer
Bouygues Telecom offers two main ranges of 5G packages, one of which involves the purchase of a compatible mobile. Here are other offerings from the 1 st of December:
- 5G Sensation mobile plans (does not require purchasing a 5G smartphone from the operator)
50 GB plan, with unlimited calls, SMS and MMS, for 30.99 euros / month (15.99 euros / month for 12 months), or 25.99 euros / month (10.99 euros / month for 12 months) if Bbox client.
80 GB plan, with unlimited calls, SMS and MMS, for 36.99 euros / month (21.99 euros / month for 12 months), or 29.99 euros / month (14.99 euros / month for 12 months) if Bbox client.
- 5G Sensation mobile plans with Smartphone Advantage (purchase of a terminal at the same time as the subscription)
60 GB plan , with unlimited calls, SMS and MMS, for 41.99 euros / month (26.99 euros / month for 12 months), or 36.99 euros / month (21.99 euros / month for 12 months) if Bbox client.
90 GB plan , with unlimited calls, SMS and MMS, for 48.99 euros / month (33.99 euros / month for 12 months), or 41.99 euros / month (26.99 euros / month for 12 months) if Bbox client.
120 GB plan , with unlimited calls, SMS and MMS, for 69.99 euros / month (54.99 euros / month for 12 months), or 59.99 euros / month (44.99 euros / month for 12 months) if Bbox client.
Note that the three packages stamped “Sensation with Smartphone Advantage” include, at no additional cost, the unlimited Internet Weekend bonus, which therefore allows you to take advantage of your unlimited 5G package on weekends.
130 GB 5G and 4G + Internet package , at 24.99 euros / month without commitment. With unlimited calls, SMS, and MMS.
Officially, Bouygues Telecom is offering this “special 5G series” package until December 16, 2020, for the opening of a new line. For those who appreciate flexibility, this is perhaps the most advantageous offer offered by the operator.
If we exclude the special 5G series, Bouygues Telecom, therefore, offers the same 5G packages as in 4G, at the same price. In this, the operator differs from its competitors SFR and Orange, which offers different 5G and 4G packages, from a price point of view.
Each 5G package includes (except the B & You series) for free the B.tv application, which allows you to watch your TV programs in HD from your mobile.
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5G deployed on two frequency bands
For the launch of its 5G network, Bouygues Telecom chose to deploy the technology in two frequency bands: the 3.5 GHz “core” band, for which the operator obtained “only” 70 MHz of spectrum (3 570 – 3640 MHz exactly); and the 2.1 GHz band, already used for the 4G network.
First, 5G will strengthen the capacity of Bouygues Telecom’s 4G networks, especially in large cities. Like its competitors, the operator recalls that 4G networks could be saturated from 2021, faced with the growing use of mobile data, accelerated by successive confinements. And to go further, Bouygues specifies that a second phase will start in 2023, with the arrival of a 5G core network, which “will provide new functionalities for our cities, our vehicles, our industries and also our medicine”, specifies the company.