Orange France launching its pilot LTE network in June in Marseille

Orange France launching its pilot LTE network in June in Marseille

France will get LTE network(s) later this year, with the country’s leading mobile operator Orange announcing its 4G pilot for June, starting in the city of Marseille. The France Telecom-owned carrier has a combination of two frequencies (2.6GHz and 800MHz) for its LTE services, and will use the network infrastructure supplied by Alcatel-Lucent.

Aside from the LTE news, Orange also reminded us that at this point their HSPA+ network covers more than 50% of the population, offering theoretical peak speeds of 42Mbps. By the end of this year, the coverage will be enlarged to reach 60% of the population.

Now we don’t know what other French operators (SFR, Bouygues Telecom and Iliad/Free) are cooking, but it’s only natural they don’t want to be left behind and are working on their own LTE networks as we speak…

[Via: CellularNews]

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