France’s independent telecoms regulator National Agency of Frequencies (ANFR) has published its monthly report on the number of 2G, 3G and 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) base transceivers stations (BTS), reporting that it has authorised a total of 7,896 sites for LTE use by 1 September 2013, up by 25% from a month earlier, with 2,958 of these base stations in service. Orange has been authorised to operate 2,276 BTS in the 2.6GHz frequency band, with 1,970 of these sites in service, while of the permitted 403 BTS in the 800MHz band, only 117 are operational. SFR has been authorised to build a total of 1,247 4G-enabled sites in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz frequency bands, with 479 of them operational by 1 September. Free Mobile, however, had only 14 BTS in operation, out of 1,158 authorised sites in the 2.6GHz band. Bouygues Telecom, which is the only French mobile operator to hold a licence for LTE services in the 1800MHz band, had permission to operate 3,353 LTE-enabled sites (up from 913 authorised BTS a month earlier), while only 439 of its 1,853 BTS in the 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands are operational. In the month under review, the number of 3G sites in France marginally increased by 0.3% to 37,814 BTS by 1 September, while the licenced 2G-enabled sites reached a total of 38,650, a 0.2% increase on the 38,561 BTS reported on 1 July 2013.
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