French telco Orange, is to invest €400 million in the deployment of its LTE network over the next three years, €100 million in 2015 making a total of €1.5 billion since the start of its operations in 2006.
The company aims to take LTE services to 85 per cent of the population in 1,300 cities with over 10,000 inhabitants. At the present time its network covers 70 per cent of the population with 2.3 million subscribers.
Orange is distributing convergent packages, including its TV everywhere service (with over 100,000 subscribers) with a multiplatform approach.
Orange recently bid €3.4 billion for Jazztel in an buy subject to the approval of the competition authorities. If the takeover is finally successful, the new company will become the second biggest fixed-line broadband operator in the country, the third in mobile with 13.7 million mobile users (behind Vodafone with 14 million) and a tough competitor to Telefonica and Vodafone-ONO in the convergent services market.