France’s third largest telco in terms of subscriptions Bouygues Telecom has confirmed the national launch of 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) for 1 October 2013, when the company will simultaneously roll out its 4G network in more than 100 cities. According to Bouygues’ CEO Richard Viel cited in the company’s press release, the main priority of Bouygues is to offer the most extensive 4G coverage throughout France. ‘It would not make sense to use [4G] in promoting mobility while offering only very limited coverage to its users,‘ said Viel.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Bouygues Telecom officially launched LTE services in six cities on 6 May, namely: Lyon, Strasbourg, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Vanves, Malakoff and Toulouse. From June 4G connectivity will be available in Lille, Douai, Lens and the Basque Coast.