Orange LTE-A trial authorised by Arcep

20 Feb 2014

French telecoms regulator the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) has approved a request from mobile operator Orange to conduct trials of Long Term Evolution Advanced (LTE-A) technology. According to a press release, the trial will be carried out in Bordeaux in a very densely populated urban environment, and will allow Orange to test the network’s performance and identify the possible benefits of using the next generation technology. The cellco will use a 2×20MHz channel in the 2.6GHz band, aggregated with an identical channel in the 3.5GHz band for the experiment, and expects that the LTE-A technology will be capable of providing maximum theoretical downlink speeds of 300Mbps. Arcep pointed out that the trial is the first of its kind to be authorised in France; further, the regulator has invited other operators to request similar trials in order to accelerate the development of ultra-high speed mobile access.

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