French mobile operator SFR has completed what it describes as the ‘first testing of Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) in France’. According to a press release, the trial achieved actual download speeds of 174Mbps, using the 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum bands. The trial was conducted in SFR’s Efixo Research and Development (R&D) centre in the town of Marseille.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, SFR’s LTE network was present in 286 cities/towns in 55 agglomerations at 11 October 2013, including the cities of Annecy, Arles, Avignon, Beauvais, Belfort, Blois, Bordeaux, Cannes, Chalon-sur-Saone, Chambery, Clermont-Ferrand, Dijon, Grenoble, La Rochelle, Le Mans, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Mulhouse, Nantes, Nice, Niort, Orleans, Paris, Poitiers, Reims and Rennes. By comparison, rival Bouygues Telecom had a 4G presence in around 2,000 French towns at the same date, while Orange has covered a total of 500 towns with its 4G networks.