Arcep reports strong fibre growth

5 Dec 2011

Data from the French telecoms regulator Arcep shows that approximately 600,000 homes were subscribing to fibre-optic services by 30 September 2011, up 42% year-on-year. The watchdog’s quarterly market observatory on high speed broadband developments shows that 175,000 of the total were using a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connection, up 71% y-o-y, while 425,000 were hooked up with a hybrid fibre with coaxial cable (+34%). Nevertheless, fibre penetration remains very much in its infancy and fewer than 10% of French homes (roughly 5.65 million) are currently passed by fibre. ADSL remains the most popular high speed internet access platform with 20.720 million subscriptions at end-September, up from 19.476 million a year earlier. Other broadband technologies such as satellite and wireless broadband claimed 1.075 million, up from 981,000.

France, Arcep