The chief executive of French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom, Olivier Roussat, has told local press that his company will switch on its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) mobile network in the ‘next few weeks’, and will use the 2600MHz band to roll out services in eight French cities. The cellco’s announcement follows a decision last month from the regulator Arcep that Bouygues will be allowed to refarm its 1800MHz spectrum for 4G. Under the plan, the operator plans to switch on its LTE-1800 network from 1 October 2013, although it must relinquish part of its spectrum holding in order to do so. The decision to allow refarming angered some of Bouygues’ rivals however, which say it puts them at a competitive disadvantage. However, Roussat told Le Figaro newspaper that it will now launch 2600MHz LTE prior to October in the cities of Lyon, Lille, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Biarritz, Douai and Parisian regions Issy-les-Moulineaux and Vanves.