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Mobile & Wireless

iPhone 5 incompatible with LTE in France

Friday 14 September 2012 | 09:20 CET | News
The iPhone 5 does not support the 800Mhz and 2,600MHz spectrum allocated to French operators planning to launch commercial LTE services in early 2013. Apple's new smartphone, set be released on 21 September, uses the 1,800MHz band, which is assigned to 2G mobile services in France. Les Echos writes that they operators have to wait for later versions of the iPhone to be released with 800MHz and 2,600 MHz support before selling an LTE iPhone. Another scenario would be for the 1,800MHz band to be refarmed to LTE. The country's third mobile operator, Bouygues Telecom, has asked regulator Arcep to allow it to convert its 1,800MHz spectrum from 2G to LTE and a decision is expected by the end of the year. Meanwhile, Les Echos has learned that Samsung will release an LTE version of its Galaxy S3 smartphone in France as soon as November. By supporting 800MHz, 1,800MHz and 2,600MHz, the Galaxy S3 will be "the mobile broadband smartphone for Christmas", according to the newspaper.

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