The French mobile operator Orange has used the platform of the 3GSM conference in Cannes to outline plans to ramp up its portfolio of mobile broadband services. The operator says that it intends to launch its EDGE network to 80% of the French population by the end of the year, with Cannes the first city to receive the new high speed service. The company intends to introduce a range of GPRS/EDGE/UMTS tri-mode handsets. It also says that sales of 3G products are ‘extremely positive’ following their launch late last year; around 35,000 devices have been sold to date, with more than half of its 3G customers saying they regularly use advanced services such as video-on-demand, live TV and video calling. Meanwhile, Orange says that it has now installed more than 7,000 wireless LAN ‘hotspots’ across France. Orange is the largest mobile operator in France, with over 21.2 million customers at the end of 2004.