The HSDPA network was built by Nokia as part of a radio contract extended in May 2006, and the company used its NetAct network planner which was originally designed to facilitate the fast rollout of 3G networks.
Nokia said that the move to HSDPA was a simple software upgrade to Nokia WCDMA networks, which allowed for cost-effectiveness and a fast rollout.
Paul Corbel, chief technical officer at SFR, explained that the service would provide mobile data services at broadband speeds.
"Customers will benefit from download data speeds up to four times faster than current speeds, offering for the first time a mobile experience similar to current standard DSL rates," he said.
Olivier de Percin, account director for networks at Nokia, claimed that users will notice much faster mobile data services and better quality streaming video.
"This HSDPA network will bring to the mobile internet what PCs and broadband brought to the fixed internet, and will widely enhance the consumer experience in multimedia," he said.
As well as building the network, Nokia is providing managed services, consulting and integration services.
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