Orange 3G announces its plan for consumer 3G in Europe
Posted on 6-Nov-2004 18:10
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Orange announced further progress in the delivery of its vision of a “mobile broadband” experience for customers across many of the company’s major markets. The company announced the 3G operations in July 2004, when it brought a the 3G Mobile Office PC card to the market.
The company will be launching commercial 3G services to customers in the UK and France before the end of the year and in addition to the handsets from LG and SonyEricsson that were announced in July, devices from Samsung, Sanyo, Nokia and Motorola will be offered to customers in both countries.
The first selection of handsets include the LG U8150, SonyEricsson Z1010, Samsung Z107, Sanyo S750, and Nokia 6630. Orange says that all handsets will give simple, intuitive and high-speed access to the Orange World portal and the internet as well as other services such as mobile email, gaming and music downloads. They will also give customers access to new 3G services including video telephony and video downloads.
Through the Freemove Alliance, Orange customers will be able to roam with their 3G devices across major towns and cities in Spain, Italy and Germany, in addition to the extensive Orange 3G networks in the UK and France. Orange has agreed to purchase UMTS radio access network (RAN) equipment and a full range of professional services and operational support systems from Nokia Networks for Orange Switzerland and Nortel Networks for Mobistar (Belgium) This follows the on-going roll-outs in the UK with Nokia Networks and in France with Alcatel, Nokia Networks and Nortel Networks.
Orange Switzerland will announce the details of its 3G launch plans including timescales, coverage and offers in due course. Mobistar will launch a 3G offer for the business market in the first half of 2005 and will be studying EDGE-enabled services in the near future.
The UK 3G network went live on 19 July with the launch of the 3G Mobile Office Card, targeted initially at business customers. The network was launched with population coverage of 66%, covering all large cities and towns throughout the country, business parks, major rail routes and airports. On 6 September, Orange France launched its 3G data card also aimed at business customers. By the end of 2004, Orange will have 3G coverage in over twenty major cities across France including Paris.