Information current as of 9 May 2019

What is the state of 5G deployment in Monaco?

Monaco is the first state in the world in which 5G is to be deployed at a state-wide level. This was announced last year in September 2018. The first antennas were first set up in a pilot area in Port Hercule and 5G deployment has been under way ever since. It is yet to be completed, although 100% cover was announced to take place by mid-2019, without any further details.

Which telcos and communications players are launching 5G services?

Monaco Telecom is the sole provider of fixed /broadband services in Monaco. It is 50% owned by Xavier Niel’s holding company (Xavier Niel is the CEO of Free, a French-based international telco) and 50% owned by the Principality of Monaco.

Monaco Telecom has been a business partner of Huawei since 2012. In September 2018, they entered into a “partnership agreement” with the view to making Monaco the first state to offer 5G services at a state-wide level. A further “strategic agreement” was entered into in February 2019 between the two companies at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which involves the development of IoT, cloud and big data solutions in Monaco.

Are there any public tenders for spectrum licences?


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?


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.