5 Dec 2016
Mobile operators SFR and Orange have introduced their respective LTE and LTE-Advanced (LTE-A) services in the French overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint-Martin, Saint Barthelemy, Reunion and Mayotte. Orange said that it offers 4G services with download speeds of 150Mbps in all seven territories (with population coverage of 99% in Reunion and 91% in Mayotte) free of charge, while potential subscribers in the capital cities of the ‘Antilles-Guyane’ grouping – comprising Guadeloupe, Martinique, French Guiana, Saint-Martin and Saint Barthelemy – could access speeds of 300Mbps over Orange Caraibe’s LTE-A network (marketed as 4G+). For its part, SFR Caraibe – which operates in Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana – markets 4G services with theoretical speeds of 70Mbps in Guadeloupe (95% population coverage), Martinique (98%) and French Guiana (70%). SFR Reunion and SFR Mayotte, meanwhile, offer maximum download speeds of 300Mbps over LTE-A networks operating in the 800MHz band.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the two cellcos secured LTE-suitable spectrum in a 4G frequency auction held by French telecoms watchdog Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, Arcep) in May 2016. Both operators received their respective frequency allocations in October 2016.