First things first. The upcoming implementation of the new 5G technology does not release operators from the need to expand their existing infrastructure, still operating on the basis of older LTE or 3G technologies. Orange in 2019 put 200 new stations and expanded over 5,000, already existing ones.
How much it was needed is demonstrated by the first data that he lists in his summary of 2019 – last year, the customers of this operator used 34% more data than a year earlier, and the averaged speeds of this network remained unchanged or even increased slightly.
Orange currently has over 11,200 base stations, and 22% of them already have 4G 4-carrier aggregation, which means that the highest speeds in this configuration of several hundred Mb / s are possible in their locations. Last year, Orange doubled the number of such stations nationwide.
Higher network performance and capacity is also due to refarming (which covered almost 4,000 base stations), i.e. the shift of some frequencies supporting older 2G and 3G technologies to 4G.
To sum up, throughout the year 2019 more or less modernization has seen more than 40% of all Orange base stations, which allowed to increase the capacity of the entire network by 35%, which is almost exactly the same as the consumption of transmitted and received data by customers of this operator increased.
The scale of demand for such activities is evidenced by subsequent data shared by Orange, in 2014, only 8% of data was responsible for their transmission via 4G technologies, and 90% in the past year, which allowed customers to use as much as 920 PB in the whole year data. At the same time, the difference in transmission between January and December was over 30%, which proves its systematic increase from month to month.