24 Nov 2016
Orange Caraibe has unveiled plans to switch on its new 4G and 4G+ networks in the French Caribbean on 1 December. According to a company press release, the network will initially go live in the areas with the densest populations – namely Fort-de-France and Lamentin on Martinique, before being switched on across the island, and duly activated on Guadeloupe, French Guiana, Saint-Martin and Saint-Barthelemy. The French-owned cellco says that 4G downlink speeds will reach 150Mbps, while 4G+ (technically LTE-Advanced [LTE-A] technology) will reach 300Mbps.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October this year the Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, Arcep) awarded Orange Caraibe spectrum in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands (French Guiana, Saint-Martin, Saint-Barthelemy) and frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz, 2100MHz and 2600MHz bands (Guadeloupe, Martinique). As per the terms of its licences, the cellco is obliged to roll out 4G networks covering 80% of each market by 17 February 2017.