FT-Orange lights Marseille 4G network

22 Jun 2012

France Telecom-Orange yesterday launched its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network in the city of Marseille, promising to deliver maximum download speeds of 150Mbps to users – up to ten times the speed of its current 3G network. In its press release the French giant opted not to focus on the LTE acronym, choosing instead to foreground the fact that its 4G coverage will be extended to Lyon and Nantes by the end of this year, with another dozen cities following by the summer of 2013. FT-Orange secured a mix of 800MHz and 2.6GHz spectrum from the regulator in late-2011, both of which have been used for its current deployment plans. The group’s Orange France unit notes though that it does not expect to see massive take-up of 4G in the initial phase, and that growth will only begin to take off after additional compatible devices become available in the coming months.

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