3 Jun 2013
French telecommunications regulator the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP) has published the results of the analysis of the electronic communications market for the first quarter of 2013, announcing 22% growth year-on-year in the number of high speed broadband (>30Mbps) subscriptions to reach 1.7 million users. According to the report, France had a total of 24.2 million broadband subscriptions at the end of the first trimester of 2013, with 665,000 receiving download speeds between 30Mbps and 100Mbps, while over one million of the users had downlinks in excess of 100Mbps, an increase of 46% year-on-year. The number of subscriptions with download speeds less than 30Mbps reached 22.5 million on 31 March 2013, attracting a total of 160,000 net additions in the quarter. According to ARCEP’s report, 98% of these lower speed broadband subscriptions used xDSL technology, while the remainder consisted of access over cable or fixed wireless technologies. Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) subscriptions grew by 50,000 over the quarter and reached 365,000 at 31 March 2013, a reported annual growth of 70%.