Orange ready to launch LTE
French incumbent ready to launch LTE as soon as regulations permit
Orange Group, France's incumbent telecom operator, said that it is ready to launch LTE "as soon as the regulations are in place".
The news came as Orange Group outlined its strategic plan for the next five years, which it has called ‘Conquest 2015'.
Stéphane Richard, CEO, Orange Group, stressed that wireless technology and broadband would form a key part of his plan to regain "a sense of conquest and pride within the company".
Orange said that its networks "are its core business and its future" and added that it plans to increase coverage and bandwidth for fixed and mobile networks in mature and emerging markets.
Furthermore, Orange "has the necessary technological expertise and is ready to launch LTE as soon as the regulations are in place," the company said in a statement.
To underline the importance of wireless networks, Orange pointed out that by 2020, some 50 billion connected devices will be in use around the world.
"Even today, six trillion bytes are carried over the Internet every month, and YouTube hosts the equivalent of 2,000 years of video," the company said. "It is in this context that customers expect irreproachable service quality, customised billing plans and security of personal data."
Orange also plans to invest EUR2 billion by 2015 to deploy a new fibre optic network that will guarantee coverage for 40% of households through coverage in every region of mainland France by 2012.