Orange Spain to spend €500m on network upgrade

The 'extraordinary' growth in mobile internet traffic has promoted Orange Spain to announce a €500 million upgrade plan. The company said that tenders had already been issued and it expected to announce the winners in the coming weeks.

According to Jean Marc Vignolles, head of France Telecom Orange's Spanish operations, the upgrade would take place over the next two years and would be based on the development of new fixed/mobile convergent infrastructure to enable the migration of voice services to IP technology.

However, Vignolles added that new investments in the company's fixed and mobile network would also be dependent on obtaining more spectrum in the refarming process which is scheduled for completion over the next few months.

Orange said that the new infrastructure would be required to support 3G speeds up to 84Mbps, with the capability of being switching to LTE to provide downstream rates of over 100Mbps.

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