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French Mobile Download Speeds Doubled Over Past Year February 5, 2009

Posted by aikservices in 2G, 3G, ARCEP, France, Mobile, Telecom, Wireless.
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The French telecoms regulator, ARCEP has published a report on the quality of service of mobile networks in Metropolitan France, after testing each operator’s 2G and 3G networks. As required by their authorisations, the operators help finance this study.Mobile network speeds in France have doubled in one year.File transfer tests were held in the twelve largest cities in Metropolitan France, using USB keys or PCMCIA cards connected to laptop computers. The results of these tests show bitrates more than double those measured in 2007.

Results show speeds one and a half times higher than those obtained in 2007 for average speeds, and up to two times higher for the highest speeds: bitrates for downloading were1 450 kbit/s on average, and over 4 Mbit/s for the fastest, while speeds observed when sending files reached 400 kbit/s on average, and over 740 kbit/s for the fastest. These speeds were reached using each operator’s highest performing offers, available in shops.These speeds are comparable to the bitrates offered by entry-level ADSL.

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