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Mobile networks (2G/Edge, 3G, 4G) and Wi-Fi

Your mobile connects to a mobile network to make or receive calls and to connect to the Internet. Here is an overview of mobile networks and their coverage.

There are several types of mobile networks, each with different characteristics and coverage areas. When this coverage is unsatisfactory in your home, the use of a Femtocell can help.

Thanks to the different generations of 2G/Edge, 3G, 4G or Wi-Fi mobile networks, you can establish different types of communications from your mobile, tablet, laptop or Airbox to:

Find below the different networks you can benefit from depending on where you are:

2G/Edge

The 2G/Edge network (second generation mobile network), is understood as a low-speed network, and used for voice (GSM standard) and data (With GPRS evolutions, then Edge). The latter being at the origin of the mobile Internet, thanks to the transfer of data in packets. 2G/Edge allows a theoretical maximum throughput of 384 Kbit/s.

3G

The 3G network (for third generation mobile networks) and its evolutions (3G+, H+) offer a much higher throughput than the 2G/Edge network.

Data downloading is more efficient, Internet browsing more comfortable. You can use your applications seamlessly, send and receive emails with attachments or watch standard definition videos.

Networks derived from 3G allow a theoretical maximum throughput of up to 42 Mbit/s.

4G

The 4G network (for fourth generation mobile networks) and its evolutions (4G+), currently being deployed, make it possible to offer a better experience than with the 3G network with even faster speeds.

The deployment of 4G+ provides enhanced 4G coverage in high-density city centres, even faster download speeds for very large files and instant viewing of high definition video.

4G and its evolutions allow a theoretical maximum speed of up to 300 Mbit/s (subject to coverage and compatible mobile class).

Wi-Fi networks

Wi-Fi allows a wireless connection with data rates up to 450 mbps. It is possible to connect via your own high-speed Internet box or via public or semi-public access points such as Orange Wi-Fi hotspots.

Wi-Fi hotspots

A hotspot is an access point, a terminal that allows an Internet connection, in Wi-Fi, in public places (stations, airports, hotels…) or private (box of our GP or Pro customers).  This connection is possible after identification from Wi-Fi compatible equipment (laptop, tablet, mobile phone, game console…).

A Wi-Fi hotspot is a place covered by the Orange Wi-Fi network. A Wi-Fi hotspot allows you to connect to the Internet via Wi-Fi with your computer, mobile or tablet.

You can find the network in the Wi-Fi settings of your computer, phone or tablet. The closer you are to a Wi-Fi antenna, the stronger the signal and bit rate.

You are automatically disconnected from the Orange Wi-Fi network when you leave the area covered by the Orange Wi-Fi network.

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