Iliad Launches 1Gig Broadband in France
PARIS -- Free has once again revolutionized internet access in France by increasing fiber-optic broadband speeds for its Freebox Revolution subscribers to 1 Gbps download and 200 Mbps upload, at no extra cost.
As a result of this increase, Free’s eligible subscribers will have access to the fastest speeds in Europe for a retail broadband offering.
The faster speeds will be automatically available for all Freebox Revolution subscribers connected to the fiber-optic network as well as for new subscribers eligible for the offering.
Maximum speeds thanks to dedicated speed per subscriber Forget the concept of “speeds of up to”. With Free, each eligible fiber subscriber will have a dedicated speed of 1 Gbps download (and 200 Mbps upload). This is because Free’s FTTH (Fiber To The Home) network is based on point-to-point technology which means that it can offer very high speeds that are dedicated to each subscriber and can be easily upgraded. The other fiber operators in France have opted for a GPON (Gigabit Passive Optical Network) architecture whereby speeds are shared between homes, and the cable operators’ networks are only partly fiber-optic (the rest being coaxial), which means they cannot offer such high dedicated speeds as their technology is similar to DSL technologies.
Iliad (Euronext: ILD)