Orange Reunion has launched 5G services in the capital of the French overseas territory (FOT) of Reunion, Saint-Denis, Les Echos writes. In March 2022 Orange secured 2×10MHz in the 700MHz band (708MHz-718MHz/763MHz-773MHz) for EUR5.033 million (USD5.55 million) and 1×100MHz in the 3.4GHz-3.8GHz band (3600MHz-3700MHz) for EUR10,000. The 5G service, which offers theoretical download speeds of 2.1Gbps, uses 3.5GHz spectrum and multi-band carrier aggregation (CA) of four 4G bands. Andre Martin, regional director of Orange Reunion-Mayotte, said: ‘The deployment of our 5G network will continue in patches, starting with the largest urban centres on the island … We are gradually replacing our 400 antennas.’ Under the deployment plan, next in line are the municipalities of Le Port, Saint-Pierre, Saint-Benoit, Saint-Gilles and Le Tampon, with around 83% of the population scheduled to benefit from the service by the end of 2023.
Elsewhere, the 4G equipment dismantled in Reunion will be sent to Madagascar, in order to densify the network of the Malagasy subsidiary of Orange.