Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Orange Launches LTE in Paris

Orange officially launched commercial LTE service in the Paris Opera neighborhood and promised to cover the entire city of Paris by the end of 2013. Orange is also preparing to launch LTE in 15 other French cities in April.

Orange is currently supporting 5 LTE smartphones: Samsung Galaxy S III 4G, Samsung Galaxy Note II 4G, Nokia Lumia 920, HTC One SV, and the Sony Xperia Z.


In September 2011, ARCEP, the office telecoms regulator in France, awarded LTE licences to four operators to use the 2.6 GHz frequency band. Orange France won a duplex frequency block of 20 MHz, for which the company bid the sum of €287,118,501. The company also holds 800 MHz spectrum. Orange said this position will enable it to deliver rates of up to 150 Mbps downlink.