French telco SFR has upgraded its fibre-to-the-premises (FTTP) network to offer eligible subscribers theoretical peak download speeds of 300Mbps and peak upload speeds of 50Mbps, making it the fastest commercially available fibre network in the French market. The upgrade will be accessible to an estimated 90% of existing SFR fibre subscribers, as the company announced plans to gradually upgrade the broadband speeds of eligible customers from 100Mbps to 300Mbps on request – in store, online or over the phone at no additional cost, while new customers will automatically benefit from it. The company adds that Carre mobile customers opting to upgrade to fibre will continue to pay EUR9.99 (USD13.08) a month for the first year, increasing to EUR22.99 a month thereafter. Currently, SFR’s FTTP network in available to 1.2 million homes in more than 70 towns throughout France, including Paris and other Ile-de-France, Bordeaux, Cherbourg, Grenoble, Lille, Lyon, Marseille, Metz, Montpellier, Nantes, Nice, Pau, Rennes, Strasbourg and Toulouse.
According to SFR’s press release, the operator has also launched a pilot trial of fibre-optic services to some existing subscribers in Paris, with a maximum downlink speed of 1Gbps. Having completed two successful trials in 2011 and 2012, the company is currently recruiting beta testers, with initial trials scheduled to start on 20 June 2013.