Free is welcome in a municipality. However, in the eyes of some, the operator could have come with more loaded arms. With 5G, for example.
Free has expressed its intention to install a relay antenna in La Ferté-Bernard, a town of about 9,000 inhabitants of the Sarthe department, in the Pays de la Loire region. More specifically, the equipment must join others at the water tower, at 13 rue de Châteaudun, where Bouygues, Orange and SFR are already present. Meeting this Monday, June 28, the city council unanimously gave the green light. The lease was signed for a period of 12 years and will bring in 8,000 euros each year to the municipality.
Didier Reveau, the mayor, welcomes the outcome. “This type of installation is full of conflicting interests between the needs of users and the location of the installation. We can see everywhere that this can be a problem. There, at least, there are already antennas on the water tower ”, he explains.
There is, however, a but. “Too bad”, deplores Christophe Bisi, one of the municipal councilors. “You can see the installation of 5G antennas everywhere. We could have taken advantage of this new installation to offer this service to Les Fertois, and we are still on 3G? ”, he wonders. As part of this project, the operator has in fact only committed to the development of 3G and 4G.
Source: West France