SFR plans to extend 4G to 70% of population by end-2015

3 Dec 2014

French cellco SFR, which was recently acquired by domestic broadband operator Numericable, has expanded its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network to 22 new cities with a population of over 50,000, including Ajaccio, Laval, Limoges, Lorient, Montauban, Nimes, Niort, Pau, Perpignan and Valves, while LTE Advanced (LTE-A) technology, which enables maximum theoretical download speeds of 187.5Mbps, has been introduced in Toulouse. Following the expansion work, the cellco claims that 50% of the population now has access to its 4G services, with plans to expand the footprint to 70% by end-2015. SFR has attributed the faster deployment of 4G technology to the merger with Numericable, as its meshed fibre-optic network will enable SFR to connect more radio sites, which will significantly improve its performance in terms of data flow.

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