French mobile and broadband operator Bouygues Telecom has announced it will upgrade all eligible ‘Sensation’ broadband subscriptions from ADSL to VDSL2 at no extra cost from November 2013. According to the press release, the service will deliver theoretical download speeds of up to 100Mbps with uplink of up to 50Mbps depending on the location and technical characteristics of the line. Bouygues Telecom’s director of fixed line services Franck Abihssira said: ‘VDSL2 is the perfect complement to the fibre, and will enable Bouygues Telecom to further expand its coverage with very high speeds in the [country’s] territory.’
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, French regulator Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) authorised VDSL2 technology as suitable for commercial distribution in April 2013. In the same month a pilot VDSL2 network was launched in the Dordogne and Gironde administrative departments, providing the operators with an opportunity to assess the technology. Arcep announced that it will closely monitor the introduction of VDSL2 and will review the technology’s progress one year after its nationwide launch in the autumn of 2013.