The French mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) Virgin Mobile France has signed an agreement with mobile operator SFR to offer 4G services over its network, local news agency Les Echos reports. According to the article, the MVNO’s subscribers will be able to access SFR’s Long Term Evolution (LTE) network from next spring.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in September 2013 Virgin signed a similar leased agreement with Bouygues Telecom, with the service to be launched in the first half of 2014, due to the level of preparation required. Virgin’s CEO Pascal Rialland said: ‘The signing of this agreement with SFR for a second 4G network is great news for Virgin Mobile but also – and above all – for our customers who will benefit from high speed broadband communications over a wide area through very competitive offers.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, as of November 2013 Bouygues Telecom’s LTE network offers coverage in 2,113 towns, while its rival SFR has extended its 4G footprint to 567 locations.
Virgin Mobile entered France in 2006 and claims to be the country’s largest MVNO by subscribers, with around 1.7 million users.