Despite the 4G mobile network, 32% of consumers in rural areas are deprived of “good broadband”, namely an Internet connection with a speed greater than 8 Megabits per second.

This is revealed by a study by UFC-Que Choisir published on Thursday.

Last year, the association launched the "Queldébit" mobile application, which allows it, on the basis of the results compiled by users, "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 "extremely 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).

#Quality of the #internet #mobile: on the basis of the tests carried out with its #app #QuelDébit, the @UFCquechoisir denounces the inadmissible digital divide, which is worsening with the development of #5G!

32% of consumers in rural areas are deprived of a quality #4G network.

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– UFC-Que Choisir (@UFCquechoisir) January 27, 2022

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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 ten years after the launch of 4G, high-quality broadband still remains unrealistic for many consumers, UFC-Que Choisir calls on the public authorities to finally impose on operators a quality of service minimum allowing to use in good conditions the mobile Internet, everywhere where the mobile coverage is supposedly ensured”, lambasted the association in a press release.

Launched in 2013, the “France Very High Speed” Plan 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 euros. 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 centers" in France by 2022, i.e. the territories not covered by latest generation mobile networks such as 4G.

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