SFR launches LTE in Paris

20 September 2013 | Kavit Majithia


French operator SFR has launched LTE services in Paris after partnering with Nokia Siemens Networks for the upgrade.

The company claims it is the first operator to launch commercial LTE services in the country, and has partnered with NSN after the vendor deployed LTE networks across many other cities in the country.

NSN deployed Liquid Radio technology to aid SFR provide better customer experience and address growing capacity requirements, with subscribers now able to access a growing range of fast broadband services.

“This project is an important landmark in our long erm partnership with SFR,” said Benoit Duchene, head of the SFR customer business team at NSN. “SFR’s customers in Paris can now enjoy a mobile broadband experience that’s unmatched-in terms of latency, speed and the range of services available.”

Under the contract, NSN has provided its single RAN based on its compact and high capacity base station platform, enabling data transfer speeds above 100Mbps.

In line with SFR’s equipment, NSN platform enables flexible installation and scalability factors that are crucial to ensure widespread deployment in Paris, a city with multiple deployment constraints, dense population and heavy consumption of mobile data traffic.

NSN said it has also supplied its NetAct network management system to ensure consolidated configuration, monitoring, management and optimisation of SFR’s network.