The French government announced its first response to the recommendations made by Philippe Herbert, president of the “Mission 5G Industrielle” (Industrial 5G Mission), who recently delivered an advisory report on how to accelerate 5G use cases within the country’s industrial sector. Among the main actions towards this goal, the report has identified access to frequencies, availability of equipment, and the need to build an industrial 5G ecosystem. In its first short-term measures, the government said that it would make it easier for stakeholders to access 2.6 GHz frequencies, while also evaluating ways to encourage 5G pilots using 3.8 GHz – 4 GHz spectrum.

The ministers in charge of industry and digital transition have also announced a number of new initiatives focussed on industrial 5G. These include a joint call for projects in partnership with their German counterparts, and a call for expressions of interest in an industrial 5G campus (‘Fablab’) that would rely on the collaboration of telecom operators, integrators and equipment makers.

Alongside these announcements, the government said that it has selected seven more projects as part of its ‘France 2030’ programme of financial support. The projects will receive public grants amounting to EUR 19 million, out of an expected overall budget of EUR 47 million. They include “6G Hauling de Spectronite”, Alcatel Submarine Networks’ “32+ fibre pairs”, and “I-COM 5G” from semiconductor company Seamless Waves. 

Four of the grants have been awarded to consortia. “Convergence 5G”, led by WeAccess in collaboration with Arelis-LGM and Grolleau, will focus on 5G standalone use cases, while “TopTen” will see Kapteos, CEA-Leti and Telecom Paris work together on antenna testing.

“GEO 5G” will deploy 5G private networks for industrial group Stellantis. It will be led by Firecell in collaboration Axians, Euroutils, Miodex, TMF, AW2S and Sequans. 

Ekinops’ “Simbade” will aim to increase exploitable bandwidth in DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing) transmission systems. This R&D project will be carried out with partners IDIL, Le Verre Fluore, Orange, the PhLAM lab, and Photonics Bretagne.

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