Orange Caraibe tests carrier aggregation, 4x4 MIMO, 256 QAM in Guadeloupe

9 Jul 2018

Orange Caraibe has notched up download speeds of 750Mbps as part of an LTE-A trial in Baie-Mahaulton on the island of Guadeloupe. According to, the advanced speeds have been achieved using tri-band carrier aggregation (3C) of the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz bands, alongside 4×4 MIMO and 256 QAM functionality. The tests are ongoing, and the cellco expects to deliver downlink transmission speeds of up to 900Mbps, the news site notes.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, French telecoms watchdog 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 in November 2016, paving the way for it to launch LTE/LTE-A services the following month.

Guadeloupe, Orange Caraibe (Guadeloupe)