Light Reading

L'Arcep Updates on French Broadband

Light Reading
News Wire Feed
Light Reading

PARIS -- Today ARCEP is publishing its electronic communications market indicators for wholesale and retail fixed broadband and ultra-fast broadband services in France in the fourth quarter of 2013.

Retail market: at the end of 2013, there were 2.1 million superfast broadband subscriptions in use in France (+28% in a year) including 540,000 to FttH services (+72% in a year)

  • In the fourth quarter of 2013, the number of superfast broadband subscriptions – i.e. with a maximum download speed equal to or above 30 Mbit/s – increased by 200,000, up to 2.1 million, which translates into an additional 445,000 subscriptions for the year as a whole (+28%). FttH subscriptions, which totalled 540,000 at the end of December 2013, increased by 72% over the previous year, with an additional 225,000 accounts created. The total 2.1 million superfast broadband subscriptions also include VDSL2 plans delivering speeds equal to or above 30 Mbit/s, which ISPs have been marketing since 1 October 2013.

  • The number of broadband subscriptions – i.e. to a connection with a maximum advertised download speed of less than 30 Mbit/s – stood at 22.8 million at the end of Q4 (+55,000 for the quarter).

  • In total, then, the number of fixed broadband and superfast broadband subscriptions in France stood at 24.9 million at the end of 2013, which marks an increase of 260,000 for the quarter and 900,000 for the year.

    Wholesale markets: at the end of 2013, 11 million homes and business premises (+24% in a year) were eligible for a superfast broadband service, of which 3 million via FttH (+38% in a year).

  • Operators have made substantial investments over the past several years to be able to deliver a wide range of solutions over a growing portion of the country. By the end of Q4 2013, alternative operators had unbundled 7,608 exchanges on the copper local loop, or 1,113 more than the year before, and now serve close to 89.2% of all existing lines. Of this total number of lines eligible for LLU, 11.6 million have been unbundled, which is roughly 688,000 more than in 2012 (+6.3%). This means that alternative operators have bought more than 12.92 million wholesale connections from Orange, via LLU and bitstream.
  • Upgrades on the country’s coaxial cable networks are also ongoing. As a result, by the end of Q4 2013, around 8.6 million homes had been equipped for FTTLA and HFC access – i.e. optical fibre to the last amplifier and coaxial cable in the last metres, delivering speeds equal to or above 30 Mbit/s, which marks a 1.6% increase over the year before. Five point two million of these connections are capable of supplying a throughput of 100 Mbit/s or more, which is 8.5% more than in Q4 2012. Within this base of potential superfast broadband cable customers, 3.5 million of the homes passed are located outside of very high-density areas.  
  • Operators are also stepping up their fibre to the home (FttH) rollouts. As of 31 December 2013, 2.98 million homes were eligible to subscribe to an FttH plan, or 38% more than the year before. Half of these homes, or a total 1.5 million homes and business premises (36% more than in 2012), have a choice between at least two superfast fibre access providers, thanks to network sharing schemes introduced by national regulation. Also noteworthy is that 586,000 of these 2.98 million homes are located outside of very high-density areas, and that 484,000 are being served by public-initiative networks.
  • VDSL2 has been available nationwide since 1 October 2013. Among the lines covered by this technology, ARCEP puts the number capable of supplying superfast access, i.e. speeds equal to or above 30 Mbit/s, at 2.3 million.
  • All in all, at the end of Q4 2013, 11 million homes and business premises in France were able to subscribe to a superfast internet access service, including 5.8 million homes and business premises (53%) located outside of very high-density areas. These 11 million homes and business premises with access to superfast broadband are to be set against the 30.8 million main lines supplied by the legacy copper network.


    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    From The Founder
    The comms industry is rallying to the cause of open, independent interoperability testing.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    LRTV Interviews
    AT&T's Chiosi on the Potential of Open Source

    10|6|15   |   06:27   |   (0) comments

    AT&T Distinguished Network Architect Margaret T. Chiosi talks to Light Reading's Carol Wilson about the potential for open source technology to liberate communications service providers.
    LRTV Interviews
    Network Security in a Gigabit World

    10|6|15   |   05:52   |   (0) comments

    Masergy's James Harrison talks about some of the network security and data center issues network operators need to consider as they expand their broadband services portfolios.
    LRTV Documentaries
    Telefónica: In Search of Virtual Simplicity

    10|5|15   |   07:30   |   (0) comments

    Francisco-Javier Ramon Salguero, head of Telefónica's NFV initiative, admits virtualization initially means greater complexity, but with the right abstraction layer, it is possible to create a services-driven network architecture. He explains how Telefónica's current trials and initiatives are aimed at doing that, and what his company and other carriers need to ...
    LRTV Interviews
    Gigabit Europe Takeaways

    10|5|15   |   03:47   |   (0) comments

    Participants from the inaugural Gigabit Europe event in Munich share their key takeaways from the conference.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    Intel Urges Women to Take Advantage of Their Seat at the Table

    10|5|15   |   4:27   |   (1) comment

    Have inclusive and constructive conversations, attach a bigger meaning to your work and get involved in the cause, Intel's Monique Hayward advises women in comms.
    LRTV Interviews
    BT Updates on Plans

    10|2|15   |   03:16   |   (2) comments

    Peter Bell, CIO at Openreach, the access network division at UK incumbent BT, provides an update on the operator's trials and how Openreach is planning to deploy the broadband technology in its street cabinets.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Sonus Shakes Up SD-WAN

    10|2|15   |   7:22   |   (0) comments

    Sonus CTO Kevin Riley sat down with Light Reading to discuss the trajectory of the company, its SDN ambitions and why Sonus is taking a market-disruptive approve to SD-WAN.
    LRTV Interviews
    CityFibre's Gigabit Vision

    10|1|15   |   03:18   |   (1) comment

    Mark Collins, director of Strategy & Public Affairs at competitive UK city network operator CityFibre, talks about his company's plans to help build Gigabit Cities.
    Telecom Innovators Video Showcase
    Automate, Scale & Create With Juniper's vCPE Solution

    10|1|15   |   6:34   |   (0) comments

    Join Kireeti Kompella, Juniper Networks CTO, and Steve Saunders, Light Reading Founder and CEO, as they discuss Juniper Networks' approach to NFV showcased with a turnkey vCPE solution, which demonstrates how service providers can use automation to rapidly deploy services.
    LRTV Interviews
    Gigabit Europe: Day 1 Takeaways

    9|29|15   |   05:47   |   (5) comments

    Light Reading's Ray Le Maistre and Iain Morris sup a beer and discuss some of the key takeaways from the first day of Gigabit Europe 2015.
    LRTV Interviews
    Gigabit in Europe

    9|29|15   |   04:24   |   (0) comments

    At the Gigabit Europe 2015 event in Munich, Heavy Reading's Graham Finnie talks about the availability of gigabit broadband in Europe.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    AT&T's Band of Women

    9|28|15   |   4:36   |   (0) comments

    Brooks McCorcle, the president of AT&T's partner solutions divisions and a mathematician by trade, shares stats on AT&T's diversity and advice on how to create your own band of women at work.
    Upcoming Live Events
    October 14-15, 2015, New Orleans Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, New Orleans, LA
    November 5, 2015, Hilton Santa Clara, Santa Clara, CA
    November 17, 2015, Santa Clara, California
    December 1, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    December 2, 2015, The Westin Times Square, New York City
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Communication service providers realize that an ICT transformation is critical to their long-term survival, but most haven't yet committed to making it happen.
    Hot Topics
    Verizon's Go90 Is Live – Will Anyone Watch?
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 10/1/2015
    Eurobites: Dunroamin'
    Paul Rainford, Assistant Editor, Europe, 10/2/2015
    Good News for NFV Interoperability
    Steve Saunders, CEO and founder, Light Reading, 9/29/2015
    TiVo Takes Aim With Bolt
    Mari Silbey, Senior Editor, Cable/Video, 9/30/2015
    Google Acquires Jibe to Bring RCS to Android
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 9/30/2015
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    With so many new and exciting communications technologies now under development, it's easy to get caught up in the industry's escalating hype cycle. That's why the ...
    Last week saw a big day in the 15-year history of Light Reading when Editor-in-Chief Ray Le Maistre and I were invited to interview the Deputy Chairman and Rotating ...
    Cats with Phones
    Hold My Calls, Indefinitely Click Here