29 November 2012
| Kavit Majithia
Vivendi’s SFR today launched, what is claimed to be, France’s first public 4G network in Lyon.
The launch is a lift for the
operator having announced 850 job cuts this week to ensure it
The 4G service will be rolled out to Montpellier on December 18
2012 followed by Lille, Strasbourg and Toulouse in the first
half of 2013.
SFR had originally planned to launch its 4G network in early
2013 but was able to push its schedule forward.
The operator hopes that the high-speed service will lure back
customers to higher-cost mobile tariffs following a price war
sparked this year by the entrance of low cost rival Free
Plans will start from €49.99 a month for 2 gigabytes of
Both France Telecom and Bouygues are also planning commercial
4G launches next year, with France Telecom already providing
services to business customers in some cities.
Nokia Siemens Networks and Huawei are the suppliers for the
SFR has been the subject of a number of headlines recently
linked with French cable operator Numericable and
Egyptian tyccon Naguib Sawiris.