MDespite the 4G cell community, 32% of shoppers in rural areas are disadvantaged of “good broadband”, i.e. an Internet reference to a pace higher than 8 megabits per second, in accordance to a research by UFC-Que Choisir printed on Thursday 27 January. Last 12 months, the affiliation launched the Queldébit cell software, which permits it, on the premise of the outcomes compiled by customers, “to establish indicators making it possible to provide transparency on the quality of mobile networks at national scale, and territories”.
According to UFC-Que Choisir, the figures on the 4G mobile network highlight “extraordinarily marked territorial inequality” since, in urban areas, average speeds are 66% higher than in rural areas (55.3 Mbit /s against 33.3 Mbit/s). In addition, 14.3% of speeds recorded are less than 3 Mbit/s, the minimum speed for accessing basic mobile Internet services, while the “good broadband” defined by the government, i.e. a speed at equal to 8 Mbit/s, is not reached in 25% of cases at the national level and in 32% of cases in rural areas.
“Not accepting that, nearly 10 years after the launch of 4G, high-quality broadband remains unrealistic for many consumers, UFC-Que Choisir calls on public authorities to finally impose a minimum quality of service on operators. making it possible to use the mobile Internet in good conditions, wherever mobile coverage is supposedly provided,” the association lambasted in a press release.
A plan costing 20 billion euros
Launched in 2013, the plan France Very High Speed should make it possible to cover the entire French territory in very high speed (speed greater than 30 Mbits/s) by 2022. It represents a total investment of 20 billion public and private euros. The New Deal Mobile, an agreement signed in January 2018 between the government, the telecoms regulator and operators, aims to reduce the “white areas-town facilities” in France by 2022, i.e. territories not lined by networks. latest-generation mobiles, akin to 4G.