Bollore Telecom defends WiMAX position

3 May 2012

The president of Bollore Telecom, a WiMAX licensee in France, has called on the government to halt legal proceedings against the company which could result in it losing its concession. Jean-Christophe Thiery has blamed his firm’s failure to deploy a network on the lack of available equipment, with many vendors having abandoned WiMAX technology in recent years in order to concentrate on Long Term Evolution (LTE) 4G cellular equipment. According to a report from Fierce Wireless, which cites French newspaper Le Express, Thiery has asked the French Council of State to intervene and cancel action by telecoms regulator Arcep that could see Bollore Telecom losing its 3.5GHz licences. Bollore was one of three operators named in an Arcep report as having failed to utilise their WiMAX concessions, while seven of the ten French WiMAX licensees had not complied with network rollout obligations specified in their licence terms. Bollore is hoping to have its 3.5GHz concession altered to allow for the deployment of LTE technology rather than WiMAX.

France, Bollore Telecom