Mobile & Wireless

French operators focus on HSPA, not iPhone 5/LTE issue

Monday 17 September 2012 | 11:22 CET | News
Orange France and French operator SFR are focusing on the message that their networks support peak speeds of 42 Mbps for tablet and smartphone users rather than worry about the fact the new iPhone 5 and the iPad 3, released in March, do not support the country's 800MHz and 2.6GHz LTE bandwidths. These devices are often used via Wi-Fi and LTE is now being piloted in five cities, with commercial service launches set for the start of 2013. It is expected that future models of the iPhone 5 will support these bands, licences for which French operators invested EUR 3.6 billion. France's third mobile operator, Bouygues Telecom, has asked telecom regulator Arcep to allow it to refarm its 1.8GHz spectrum for LTE. After a consultation ending on 28 September, the authority is expected to give a green light, AFP reports. Bouygues did not bid for 800MHz spectrum, only 2.6GHz.

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Categories: Mobile & Wireless
Companies: Apple / Arcep / Bouygues Telecom / Orange France / SFR
Countries: France
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