French mobile operator SFR has announced the launch of its 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network for residential and business subscribers in Strasbourg-Ville, the seventh Arrondissement in France to benefit from SFR’s new mobile broadband technology. According to the company’s press release, more than 97% of the population in the city of Strasbourg is now covered by the network, in addition to nearly 70% of Bischheim, Eckbolsheim, Hoenheim, Mittelhausbergen and Oberhausbergen communes, five out of the 28 communes comprising the Urban Community of Strasbourg (CUS). The company plans to extend the 4G coverage to more than 99% of the population in the CUS by the end of 2013.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, SFR introduced LTE services offering a theoretical maximum speed of 100Mbps in Lyon at the end of November 2012, and later on expanded its 4G network to include Montpellier and Paris La Defense, while in March 2013, Marseille became the fourth Arrondissement with LTE coverage. Two months later 4G was launched in Lille, and in June 2013 the LTE network was extended to the Arrondissement of Toulouse. The company announced that it will accelerate the LTE rollout in the second half of 2013 with the total number of cities with 4G network coverage set to reach 55 by the end of the year, including Nantes, Toulon, Grenoble, Rouen, Avignon, Montpellier, Saint-Etienne, Rennes, Metz, Nancy, Orleans, Clermont-Ferrand, Angers, Reims, Caen, Chambery, Amiens, Annecy, Annemasse and Besancon.