FT hopes to sidestep regulatory issues by giving rivals access to FTTH

19 Dec 2006

French incumbent France Télécom (FT) is forging ahead with plans to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, but unlike Deutsche Telekom which is striving to retain a monopoly in this area, FT plans to allow rival operators to access the new system in a bid to stave off the regulatory problems faced by its German counterpart. The former French monopoly says that the regulatory playing field for FTTH is well on the way to being clarified and that under its initial rollout phase, it plans to connect between 150,000 and 200,000 customers by end-2008, out of a potential customer base of one million. Marketing services under the Orange brand, FT aims to offer internet access with symmetrical speeds of up to 100Mbps, with bundled products such as high-definition TV and unlimited voice calls.

France, Deutsche Telekom (DT), Orange Group