Light Reading

L'Arcep Updates on French Broadband

Light Reading
News Wire Feed
Light Reading
3/7/2014
50%
50%

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.

    ARCEP

    (0)  | 
    Comment  | 
    Print  | 
  • Newest First  |  Oldest First  |  Threaded View        ADD A COMMENT
    From The Founder
    Light Reading sits down at CES with the head of Cisco's service provider video business, Conrad Clemson, to discuss how NFV and cloud security relate to video, the challenge of managing 4K/8K traffic, the global expansion of Netflix and virtual reality.
    Flash Poll
    Live Streaming Video
    CLOUD / MANAGED SERVICES: Prepping Ethernet for the Cloud
    Moderator: Ray LeMaistre Panelists: Jeremy Bye, Leonard Sheahan
    LRTV Custom TV
    Hosting in Ireland, Past & Present

    2|10|16   |   16:07   |   (0) comments


    Garry Connolly, president of Host in Ireland, presents the keynote at Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Dublin.
    Women in Comms Introduction Videos
    What's Hot in Mobile Commerce?

    2|10|16   |   12:18   |   (1) comment


    Claire Maslen, financial services relationship manager at the GSMA, talks about the development of the digital commerce sector and the types of relationships that mobile operators are developing to further their m-commerce strategies.
    LRTV Documentaries
    EANTC Tests Nokia IP Routing & Mobile Gateway VNFs for Real World Deployment

    2|9|16   |   5:08   |   (0) comments


    Nokia obtained validation of its virtualized router and virtualized mobile gateway capabilities through rigorous testing performed by EANTC. The results set a new industry benchmark for outstanding performance, scalability, resiliency and manageability. Nokia VNFs are ready for telco cloud deployment, so that service providers can accelerate mobile, business and ...
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Level 3's Jack Waters

    2|8|16   |   26:15   |   (1) comment


    Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders sits down with Level 3 Communications' CTO Jack Waters to discuss hot topics like virtualization, 4K and the future of telecom...
    LRTV Custom TV
    The Composable Telco

    2|8|16   |   24:46   |   (0) comments


    Heavy Reading's Principal Analyst Caroline Chappell presents the keynote at Light Reading's 2020 Vision Executive Summit in Dublin.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Join Us at the Digital Operations Transformation Summit

    2|4|16   |   03:52   |   (0) comments


    The Digital Operations Transformation Summit on February 21, 2016 at the Crowne Plaza Barcelona Fira Centre will bring together 50 senior executives to engage in a unique debate on the opportunities and challenges presented by the transformative evolving digital landscape. RSVP now at events@lightreading.com.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Making the Test: ADVA Ensemble Connector vs. Open vSwitch

    2|4|16   |   01:28   |   (0) comments


    Light Reading, in partnership with EANTC, recently tested ADVA's Ensemble Connector, which replaces open vSwitch and offers carrier-grade capability and interoperability. The test results strengthen ADVA's credibility as a provider in the virtualization space.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Bridging the Gap Between PoCs & Deployment in NFV

    2|4|16   |   31:50   |   (0) comments


    Charlie Ashton of Wind River presents the keynote at Light Reading's 2020 Vision executive summit in Dublin.
    Between the CEOs
    CEO Chat With Mike Aquino

    2|3|16   |   17:34   |   (0) comments


    The former CEO of Overture Networks, Mike Aquino, discusses why truly open virtualization solutions provide service providers with the greatest choice.
    Shades of Ray
    MWC: Buckle Up for 5G & the IIoT

    2|2|16   |   02:28   |   (0) comments


    This year's Mobile World Congress looks set to be a 5G land grab and a chance to get down and dirty with the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT) – but what will the 5G discussions actually be about?
    LRTV Custom TV
    Case Study: Building China's Next-Gen TV Networks

    2|2|16   |   5:01   |   (0) comments


    With over 2 billion viewers worldwide, Shenzhen Media Group is one of China's largest content producers. By partnering with Huawei and Sobey, SZMG was able to modernize media operations with the Converged News Center, a production studio that is a model for next-generation workflows.
    LRTV Custom TV
    Quad Channel Modulator Driver with 46 Gbaud Capability from MACOM

    1|28|16   |     |   (0) comments


    MACOM's MAOM-003427 is the industry's first surface-mount modulator driver with 46 Gbaud capability to support next generation 200G and 400G applications.
    Upcoming Live Events
    March 10, 2016, The Cable Center, Denver, CO
    April 5, 2016, The Ritz Carlton, Charlotte, NC
    May 23, 2016, Austin, TX
    May 24-25, 2016, Austin Convention Center, Austin, TX
    All Upcoming Live Events
    Hot Topics
    Google's 5G Radio Ambitions Are Expanding
    Dan Jones, Mobile Editor, 2/5/2016
    Cincinnati Bell Joins Weight Watchers Club
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 2/5/2016
    Yahoo & Verizon Sitting in a Tree...
    Brian Santo, Senior editor, Test & Measurement / Components, Light Reading, 2/8/2016
    Vodafone: Flexible Work Policies Boost Profits
    Sarah Thomas, Editorial Operations Director, 2/8/2016
    It's Time to Integrate OTT Video
    Alan Breznick, Cable/Video Practice Leader, 2/8/2016
    Like Us on Facebook
    Twitter Feed
    Webinar Archive
    BETWEEN THE CEOs - Executive Interviews
    Light Reading CEO and founder Steve Saunders sits down with Level 3 Communications' CTO Jack Waters to discuss hot topics like virtualization, 4K and the future of telecom...
    The former CEO of Overture Networks, Mike Aquino, discusses why truly open virtualization solutions provide service providers with the greatest choice.
    Animals with Phones
    Retro Is the Way to Be Click Here
    Some animals are too cute for smartphones.
    Live Digital Audio

    Broadband speeds are ramping up across Europe as the continent, at its own pace, follows North America towards a gigabit society. But there are many steps to take on the road to gigabit broadband availability and a number of technology options that can meet the various requirements of Europe’s high-speed fixed broadband network operators. During this radio show we will look at some of the catalysts for broadband network investments and examine the menu of technology options on offer, including vectoring and G.fast for copper plant evolution and the various deployment possibilities for FTTH/B.