The 4G battle is launched between French telcos : Bouygues Telecom and France Télécom-Orange will both experiment ultra-fast mobile broadband next June in Lyon and Marseille, ahead of a deployment set for 2012-2013.
Bouygues Telecom’s objective is to reach around 5 000 locations ready to receive 4G by the end of 2012. On early 2013, its clients from the main French biggest cities will benefit from structured commercial offers. Partnering with Alcatel-Lucent, Orange, will launch its 4G trials in Marseille next June too, aiming at bringing faster mobile broadband up to a theoretic 150 Mbps on compatible devices. After Marseilles, 4G will be extended to other cities.
In Between, both operators are promoting HSPA-based communications technology to their consumers. Since last November 2011, Orange has covered 50 % of the population located in 40 cities such as Paris, Grenoble, Lille, Lyons, Nantes, Nice, Toulon, and Marseilles. By the end of this year, other cities will be added (Bordeaux, Nancy, Strasbourg, Toulouse…) to reach 60 % of the population. A new €59/month fee allows to get mobile broadband up to 42 Mbps on compatible devices, including 70 TV channels and 5Gb data, wich equals to 65 hours of video streaming each month.
Bouygues Telecom’s 3G+ network up to 42Mbits/s will cover 50% of the population at the end of June 2012, which equals to 70 % of its clients’ data consuming. Subscribers located in the covered areas and already equipped with a compatible 3G+ internet key can access to 21 to 42Mbit/s ultra fast broadband after paying a €5 option.