France’s largest mobile operator Orange is to extend its EDGE service to consumer users next week and will provide coverage of all towns and cities with more than 7,000 inhabitants. The telco says the expansion will mean EDGE-based services are available to 85% of the French population. Orange, which leads the French cellular market with over 21 million customers, launched EDGE services for business customers last month. The firm is hoping to have signed 500,000 high speed mobile customers by the end of this year, up from the present level of 100,000, and has set itself a target of one million EDGE and 3G users by next June. Orange customers have a choice of three EDGE-enabled handsets from Samsung and two EDGE/3G phones from Nokia.