Orange France, the country’s largest mobile operator in terms of subscribers, has selected network planning and optimisation software and solutions provider AIRCOM International to plan its Long Term Evolution (LTE) network. According to a press release, AIRCOM’s network planning solution ASSET can provide integration to systems such as inventory, site acquisition, site rollout, configuration management and performance management. Fadi Abou Karam, radio planning tools project manager at Orange France, commented: ‘The seamless integration of ASSET with our existing software and systems will ensure the benefits we enjoy across our GSM and UMTS networks can be easily applied to our LTE infrastructure.’
According to TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, earlier this month Orange France announced that the footprint of its 4G network had been extended to cover all arrondissements of the capital Paris and 37 additional towns in the surrounding area, bringing the total number of agglomerations with access to the 4G network to 54 (including 390 towns in mainland France). However, the company plans to accelerate the rollout of its LTE network deployment, by increasing the planned coverage to 40% of the population by year-end, up by ten percentage points from the previously announced 30%; a total of 70 agglomerations will be covered by the end of September, extending the LTE network footprint to a total of 500 towns in mainland France.