French wireless operator Orange is reportedly planning to deploy its Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) network in Paris by the end of October, domestic news source begeek.com reports. According to the article, the network, which provides theoretical download speeds of up to 223Mbps, will be subsequently extended to Avignon, Grenoble, Lyon, Marseille, Nantes, Nice, Rouen and Toulon in early 2015. Orange will provide the ‘4G+’ service at no additional cost to all 4G subscribers with compatible handsets within the coverage footprint. Currently, the operator offers three handsets which could utilise the network: Samsung’s S5 4G+, Galaxy Alpha and the Domino 4G+ wireless router.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Orange first announced plans to deploy the next-generation technology in Strasbourg and Toulouse in mid-June 2014; the network was subsequently deployed in July. The operator utilises a carrier aggregation (CA) solution, encompassing frequencies in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands, which provide downlink transmission speeds of up to 75Mbps (800MHz) and 150Mbps (2600MHz) respectively, to deliver a combined download rate of around 223Mbps.