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Orange launches largest integrated 3G network in UK
Posted: 01-Jul-2004 [Source: Orange]

[Orange to launch its 3G service in the UK on July 19 covering 66% of the population.]

London -- Orange, the mobile arm of the France Telecom Group, today announced the launch of its first next generation high-speed network, products and tariffs, designed to take its UK customers toward a "mobile broadband" experience across the largest integrated network in the country.

At launch on 19 July, Orange will have the most extensive integrated 2.5/3G network in the UK, with 66% of the population covered by its high-speed network, ensuring that even if customers move out of 3G coverage, they will not lose their connection to the network. Orange has 3G coverage in major cities including London, Manchester, Edinburgh, Bristol, Belfast, Glasgow, Sheffield, Birmingham, Liverpool, Newcastle-upon-Tyne and Leeds. Orange will also be taking advantage of its position within the FreeMove alliance, giving UK business customers the ability to access 3G services in Spain, Italy and Germany at launch, as well as the 3G network of Orange in France. Orange and its FreeMove partners have licences in 14 markets across Europe.

Orange is developing a range of business services, leveraging the high-speed network, to give companies a faster and more productive way to work on the move. The first of these to market will be the 3G Mobile Office Card in the UK. Targeted at corporate and small business customers, it will be available to buy in the UK from 19 July, complete with a transparent tariff structure and offering speeds of up to 384 kbps. Already tried and tested by over 60 corporate and medium-sized businesses (over 500 individual users) in the UK, it comes complete with an easy-to-use "dashboard" interface and will be compatible with the majority of laptop PC's offering faster access to email, the Internet and intranet services as well as specific sales-force and business critical company information.

Orange will be launching its next generation services in France this Autumn (2004) with coverage available in over 20 cities. Almost 5,000 Orange customers in France are already trialling video calling, video messaging, video answerphone, fixed-to-mobile video calls, web conferencing and live video services in many cities across France, including Toulouse, Lille, Bordeaux and Cannes.

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