The operator filed last Tuesday an appeal on the merits before the Council of State.
According to information from Figaro, Orange is contesting “the authorization, granted by Arcep to Bouygues Telecom, to use its 1800 MHz frequencies (until now devolved to 2G) to make 4G. The daily specifies that Free Mobile could also file an appeal. On the other hand, SFR would not have come forward.
Thanks to this practice, Bouygues Telecom could offer national 4G coverage from October 1, while Orange “plans to cover 30% of the population by the end of the year”
Orange’s action revolves around two main areas: Orange points to “a breach of equality between operators” but also “a lack of transparency during the call for tenders for 4G licenses, end of 2011 ”.
A recent Cisco Systems study estimated that 10% of mobile data traffic will be based on 4G networks in 2017 (compared to 1% currently).