Orange’s LTE network now covers all of Paris as well as 37 towns in the surrounding area!
The carrier has also announced plans to speed up its 4G deployment elsewhere before the end of the year. By the end of September, Orange will cover 70 “agglomerations”, including over 500 towns in mainland France.
Orange is speeding up its 4G deployment with plans to cover 40% of the French population by the end of 2013, compared to the previously announced plan of 30%. The company currently has some 250,000 LTE subscribers, and claims to be the only operator in France to offer the maximum theoretical speed of 150 Mbps.
Meanwhile other rivals are doing their best to improve their coverage, too. SFR plans to hit 70% population coverage by the end of 2013 with a mix of LTE and dual carrier HSPA+, while Bouygues Telecom (the country’s third-largest carrier) plans to launch LTE services on October 1st.
Finally, there’s Iliad group’s Free Mobile which keeps growing like crazy, offering mobile services for less than what other carriers are asking…