Orange pushes 4G+ speed to 680Mbps with Tour de France demo

Alan Burkitt-Gray
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Orange has recorded speeds of up to 680Mbps on its LTE-Advanced network in the town of Villefranche-sur-Saône

Orange shopOrange says it has achieved mobile broadband speeds of 680Mbps in the city of Villefranche-sur-Saône, which it has named as its high-speed broadband city of innovation.

The trial was carried out using the Nokia mobile network in the city, which is 25km north of Lyon in eastern France, and a Sony Xperia XZ Premium handset.

The network aggregates three 4G frequency bands, with a total radio bandwidth of 50MHz. It uses MIMO [multiple-input and multiple-output] 4×4 multiplexing and 256QAM modulation.

“The combination of technologies … can greatly improve the bit rates on other 4G compatible smartphones of the order of 50% in up and down rates,” says Orange. “All Orange 4G customers in Villefranche-sur-Saône will benefit from these technological developments.”

Orange demonstrated the technology in the Villefranche town hall, showing visitors two simultaneous 4K high-definition streams of 360˚ virtual reality TV – showing the Tour de France live from Nuits-Saint-Georges.