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Orange puts industrial services first in its 5G plans

The French government recently decided not to follow Germany’s lead and reserve some spectrum within the 3.5-4.2 GHz range specifically for industrial use. But while a minister said in an interview that there was “not yet a very clear demand from industrialists” for their own spectrum, there is clearly a demand for 5G that is tailored to their requirements. France Industrie, the country’s association of large companies, is calling on Stephane Richard, Orange’s CEO, to commit to building a 5G network that covers all the industrial zones in France. And Orange itself has said it expects the 5G build-out to be very different from that of 4G, with far more investment being targeted, in the first phase, at business-to-business services…

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