Bouygues Telecom has announced the successful deployment of Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) technology in the cities of Lyon, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Vanves, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Malakoff and Rosny-sous-Bois. Going forward, improved connectivity will be extended to 16 of France’s biggest cities later in the year. The operator claims to be the first wireless operator in France to offer the service, which will deliver theoretical download speeds of up to 220Mbps – four times faster than LTE – at no extra cost. From 1 July business subscribers can purchase a Huawei 4G+ box, which is the telco’s first LTE-A-enabled device. Residential users, meanwhile, can access the network using the Bbox Nomad 4+ device from the same date. Bouygues’ first 4G+ compatible smartphones will be made available in September, it notes.
In addition, Bouygues Telecom notes that it has expanded the 1800MHz frequency block used by its 4G sites by 5MHz, giving it to a total of 15MHz; the upgrade will see subscribers benefit from greater flow and network fluidity in more than 1,600 municipalities.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Bouygues first trialled LTE-A technology in October 2013 and achieved downlink transmission speeds of 182Mbps by aggregating frequencies in the 800MHz, 1800MHz and 2600MHz spectrum bands. The company pointed out that the maximum theoretical throughput in LTE-A is dependent on the width of the aggregated frequency bands: the higher the bandwidth, the greater the flow.