Orange France has kick started the deployment of its Long Term Evolution-Advanced (LTE-A) network in selected locations. According to the operator’s website, as of this month, residents of Strasbourg and Toulouse could benefit from speeds of up to 223Mbps, if they are in possession of a compatible device. Although the cellco does not advertise any handsets that could support the network at the present time, local source Frandroid claims that the operator is planning to market a modem/router device, capable of delivering the advertised speeds, ‘during the summer’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Orange first announced plans to deploy the next-generation technology in the aforementioned locations in mid-June; the operator will utilise a carrier aggregation (CA) solution, encompassing frequencies in the 800MHz and 2600MHz bands, which will provide downlink transmission speeds of up to 75Mbps (800MHz) and 150Mbps (2600MHz) respectively, to deliver a combined download rate of 225Mbps. Orange was cited as saying at the time: ‘Our goal is to deploy 4G+ in early 2015 in 14 of the most densely populated cities, which are the main areas for data consumption, and to expand our 4G coverage in these city centres.’ The announcement came on the back of the commercial launch of rival Bouygues Telecom’s LTE-A network in Lyon, Bordeaux, Grenoble, Vanves, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Malakoff and Rosny-sous-Bois in June.