The French operator is set to pilot its deployment in June, within the 2.6GHz and 800MHz bands, and shall culminate by 2015.
Orange specified that Marseille will be the location for its pilot deployment hence the French city will be first to experience max downloads pegged at 150Mb/s.
The French LTE roll out will be supported by the operator’s HSPA+ network, which expands in France’s major cities, covering over half of the country’s population. By the end of this year, the network’s coverage is targeted to reach about 60%, as it expands to other French cities namely Angouleme, Bordeaux, Nancy, Metz, Strasbourg and Toulouse. Accessibility to the 42MB/s networks will be enabled by a data tariff range called ‘H+’.
In its commitment to become a valuable contribution to the continent’s European Commission’s Digital Agenda, Orange has pledged the widespread LTE roll out across its markets. Apparently, Europe has forged a decision to make more mobile broadband spectrum accessible to the market, but Orange is continually encouraging them to “promote a more favourable environment for the roll-out of radio access networks”.
Orange has included in its “ten commitments” a pledge that by 2020, about 80% of businesses and 15 million households in France will have access to Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH). The operator at the same time vowed to be an active catalyst for expanding high-speed broadband networks in its European markets.
Some operators in the United States and Canada have already deployed 4G LTE in major areas.