French telco SFR has launched Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) 4G mobile technology in the city of Toulon. The new network uses 800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum to provide a maximum theoretical download rate of 187.5Mbps, SFR says, although real-world speeds will be somewhat lower. It plans to extend coverage to other major cities by the end of the year. Rival operators Bouygues Telecom and Orange switched on their own LTE-A services in June and July respectively. SFR now claims 75% population coverage for its combined 3.5G dual-carrier HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+) and 4G LTE networks.
Separately, SFR says it has introduced its 1Gbps fibre-optic services to customers in the cities of Lens, Limoges and Massy, following on from its fibre launch in Saint-Quentin at the end of September. The operator’s fibre network is now deployed past 2.1 million households in 53 areas of very high population density, as well as 148 other areas, with the firm now claiming 220,000 fibre subscribers. SFR offers a bundle of 1Gbps broadband internet access, unlimited fixed voice calls within France and to 100 destinations worldwide, plus 170 TV channels for EUR32.99 (USD42.15) a month.