French fibre network operator Covage, created from the merger between Cube Infrastructure and Axia NetMedia Corporation, has been selected by the metropolitan area of Nantes to extend the so-called ‘Omega’ fibre network from 170km to 350km, under a 25-year public initiative plan. Telecompaper cites Ouest France as saying that under the contract, Covage will spend EUR8.8 million (USD12.1 million) to extend the network in the period January 2012 to June 2013. A further CAPEX of EUR6.6 million will be spent during the course of the deployment, it added. Omega was launched in the country in 2003 as part of a EUR15 million investment to connect all major public facilities in the Nantes area. Since then, municipal authorities have expanded its footprint to cover all 17 municipalities in Greater Nantes and all main economic zones. Third party operators will use the Covage network to serve end users.