Iliad (Free) picks Cisco to deploy widespread French FTTH network

13 Dec 2006

French triple-play broadband provider Iliad (Free) has selected Cisco Systems to roll out a fibre-optic network in France based on the vendor’s Internet Protocol Next Generation Network (IP NGN) architecture and using Ethernet fibre-to-the-home (E-FTTH) technology. According to Iliad’s plan, the first phase of the fibre project will connect more than two million people in Paris via the largest fibre network in Europe, ultimately giving residents access to broadband speeds that could exceed 50Mbps for EUR29.99 per month, and benefit from advanced services such as high-definition IPTV, video-on-demand (VoD), multimedia communication and Web 2.0 services. The FTTH network offers the real possibility of unlimited symmetrical bandwidths, where upstream and downstream traffic can flow at the same speed, which is currently unique for mass-market broadband services.

France, Cisco Systems, Iliad (Free)