Orange France to improve coverage in underserved areas

14 Jun 2016

Stephane Richard, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Orange Group, has revealed that his company is aiming to improve fixed broadband services for one million homes in underserved areas by the end of 2016, and 2.5 million by end 2019, under the newly launched ‘Orange Connected Territories’ programme, La Tribune writes. In addition, the operator is planning to deploy 1,300 additional 4G sites in rural areas in the next five years, bringing its LTE coverage of sparsely populated areas to 68%, with over five million people set to benefit from 4G services by end-2017. ‘We anticipate that we will achieve our 4G coverage obligation in the priority areas of deployment within three years – we’ll cover 99% by 2019, instead of 2022’, the executive was cited as saying. The telco will invest nearly half of the USD15 billion funding – earmarked for network upgrades under the five-year strategic plan ‘Essential2020’ – in its domestic market, though the CEO made it clear that these commitments would be met ‘if the regulatory and tax legislative frameworks were stabilised.’

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