Territory of Belfort. Mobile network: a relay antenna at the Ballon d’Alsace to put an end to the white areas

It was a necessary equipment on the sector. At the beginning of the afternoon this Monday January 23, in the winter coldness of the Ballon d’Alsace , Raphaël Sodini, the prefect of the Territory of Belfort, and Florian Bouquet, the president of the Department, in particular, found themselves at the foot of the relay antenna recently installed in the Gentiane sector. The latter, surrounded by trees, takes place a few hundred meters above the reception building, not far from the ski slopes and ski lifts.

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“High Flows”

The arrival of this antenna was made within the framework of the program New Deal Mobile launched in 2018. Ministerial authorization was given in 2020 for its installation and the works (including a major helicopter transport to move the structure) followed. “It has been officially in service since July”, indicates Hervé Depierre, regional delegate of the SFR group, the operator which today shines in the sector (alongside three others: Orange, Bouygues and Free) thanks to this facility. “There is now 3G and 4G with high speeds. »

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The arrival of this antenna allows the estate to open up more to the world. “We had coverage in the center of our town (Editor’s note: located more or less 600 meters lower) but on the Ballon, we were practically in Blank Zone. So when someone was lost in particular, it didn’t make things any easier”, informs Daniel Roth, the mayor of Lepuix.

Security and tourism development

“The installation of this relay antenna actually offers more security. We were in the white zone. And when we wanted to warn the emergency services, if we found the network, we could fall on the Haut-Rhin firefighters, ”says Florian Bouquet, the president of the departmental council of the Territory of Belfort. He continues: “In addition, this represents a real advantage for the development of tourism in the area. When tourists arrive there, they want to show where they are on social networks, for example. Or when they are at the restaurant, they want to share the dishes they are tasting, etc. This antenna is a positive step forward for the massif, for its attractiveness. »

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The opportunity for the President of the Department to also make a link between this technical advance and Operation Grand Site who prepares to obtain the Grand Site de France label. But also to approach the positive integration of the antenna in the landscape. “From the bottom of La Gentiane, you hardly see it. Users of the domain, on the other hand, will see a difference… On their mobile phones!

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Territory of Belfort. Mobile network: a relay antenna at the Ballon d’Alsace to put an end to the white areas


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