Virgin to offer 4G services over Bouygues’ network

18 Sep 2013

The French mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile France has confirmed that it will offer 4G services over the network of French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom, newspaper Le Monde reports. According to the article, Virgin Mobile has signed a leased agreement with Bouygues Telecom to operate over its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network, although the service will not be available until the first half of 2014, due to the level of preparation required.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Bouygues Telecom will launch its nationwide LTE network in the 1800MHz band on 1 October 2013, when the company will simultaneously roll out its 4G network in more than 100 cities. Its 4G network in the 2600MHz band currently covers the towns of Anglet, Bayonne, Biarritz, Douai, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Lens, Lille, Lyon, Malakoff, Strasbourg, Toulouse and Vanves.

France, Bouygues Telecom, Omea Telecom (incl. Virgin Mobile)