France Telecom’s mobile arm Orange has become the first operator in the country to deploy High Speed Uplink Packet Access (HSUPA) technology in its Lyon network, using Alcatel-Lucent equipment. The technology, part of the HSPA family, provides theoretical up-link speeds of up to 5.76Mbps. Orange plans to cover Paris, Nantes, Nice, Cannes and Marseille by the end of this year and by the end of 2008 will provide 3.5G coverage to almost 70% of the French population. It plans to launch the service commercially in early 2008 but in the meantime is testing the service in Lyon using 300 triallists. It says a PC card option ‘GT Max HSUPA’ will be proposed in addition to the package Business Everywhere with option 3lG+.