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French overseas territories to get 4G Licenses in the first half of 2014

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The French telecoms regulator has outlined plans to offer 4G licenses in the French overseas territories in the first half of this year.

That will bring LTE based services to Reunion, Mayotte, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Guyane, Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy.

Last year, the regulator held a consultation into spectrum needs in the overseas territories, that revealed that currently available spectrum was not enough to satisfy the mobile network's requirements.

The regulator said that will be issuing calls for applications in the first half of 2014. The concerned government departments will meet with local authorities from the overseas territories next month to discuss the plans.

For the collectivity of Saint Pierre and Miquelon, the frequency requirements expressed by the stakeholders who responded to the consultation are compatible with the resources available in the different frequency bands used for mobile services.

For the rest, details still need to be worked out.

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