Orange Does 3G+

12:20 PM -- Orange France launched today a 7.2 Mbit/s HSDPA service called 3G+ for business customers in the city of Lyon. The lucky Lyonnais business folk will have downlink speeds up to 7.2 Mbit/s and uplink speeds up to 1.4 Mbit/s, thanks to high-speed downlink packet access (HSDPA) and high-speed uplink packet access (HSUPA), respectively.

The operator said other major cities and towns will be upgraded to the 3G+ service and that 71 percent of the population will be covered by the 7.2 Mbit/s network by the end of this year.

Orange offers three terminals for the 3G+ service: a USB key and the PC Express Card from Huawei Technologies Co. Ltd. and a PCMCIA card from Option NV (Euronext: OPTI; Nasdaq Europe: OPIN).

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Unstrung

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