5G regulation and law in Monaco

Information current as of 13 January 2020

What is the state of 5G deployment in Monaco?

Monaco is the first state in the world in which 5G has been fully deployed at a state-wide level. Less than a year after the first official announcement by the Monegasque Government was made, 5G became available, reaching 100% coverage in Monaco on 9 July 2019. There are currently 27 antennas in the Principality. 5G deployment is the first pillar of the “Monaco Extended Programme”, which puts digital transformation at the heart of the Monegasque Government’s economic and social development strategy.

Which telcos and communications players are launching 5G services?

Monaco is the first state in the world in which 5G has been fully deployed at a state-wide level. Less than a year after the first official announcement by the Monegasque Government was made, 5G became available, reaching 100% coverage in Monaco on 9 July 2019. There are currently 27 antennas in the Principality. 5G deployment is the first pillar of the “Monaco Extended Programme”, which puts digital transformation at the heart of the Monegasque Government’s economic and social development strategy.

Are there any public tenders for spectrum licences?

No.

Has there been any comment on when there might be?

No.

What has the government said regarding spectrum licences for commercial use?

The Government has not communicated on the subject yet.

Are the rules for 5G already drafted, and if so, what do they say?

No 5G-specific rules have been drafted. 

In 2010, the Principality provided a regulatory framework on the electromagnetic field, establishing recommendations on maximum public exposure levels. The Government has also recently published an electromagnetic map and a map of antenna locations. 

In addition to this, the Principality has started regulating the use of digital tools and trust services by the passing of Act No 1.482 of 17 December 2019 for a Digital Principality (more on this here).

What are or would be the rules for granting competitors access to the new 5G networks, once they are deployed?

No information is available yet.

Olivier Marquet
Olivier Marquet
Avocat Associé | Managing Partner
Monaco