SFR, Nokia roll out HSDPA service in France

French operator SFR has launched its HSDPA network in Paris and Southern France, based on a kit supplied by Nokia.

Nokia delivered the HSDPA solution to SFR as part of a radio network contract extended in May, a statement from the two companies said.

"We are committed to introducing broadband mobile data services to our customers. They will benefit from download data speeds up to four times faster than current speeds available," Paul Corbel, SFR technology chief, said.

SFR further said streaming video was a superb example of the benefits that HSDPA would bring to consumers.

The company said it demonstrated HSDPA services last year, including high-speed streaming video, music download and business applications, together with Nokia.