Arcep approves Orange France, SFR to offer UMTS at 900MHz

27 Feb 2008

France’s telecoms regulator Arcep has authorised domestic mobile operators Orange France and Societe Francaise de Radiotelephonie (SFR) to roll out 3G mobile technology using 900MHz band frequencies previously reserved for GSM services. The move will enable the two companies to up their national 3G coverage to include virtually the entire French population. France’s third, and smallest, cellco by subscribers, Bouygues Telecom, did not submit a request to re-use the 900MHz spectrum. Moreover, if the French government chooses to license a fourth mobile player for UMTS, it is understood the winner would also be allowed to use the 900MHz band.

France, Bouygues Telecom, Orange France, SFR