France’s largest telco in terms of subscribers Orange France and Nantes public housing agency Nantes Habitat have signed a six-year agreement for the deployment of high speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in the premises managed by the housing association. According to Nantes Habitat’s press release, more than 24,000 households will benefit from the agreement in Nantes alone, and the first premises to be offered the high speed broadband service are situated in Beaulieu, Hauts Paves and the old Tobacco Factory.
The agreement stipulates that the FTTH rollout will be determined on a biannual selection basis, while Orange will have six months to deploy the high speed broadband in the shortlisted buildings. The tenants will also have the option to choose their service provider. Orange’s director of local government relations Janet Bruno said that ‘this agreement with Nantes Habitat demonstrates our commitment to work in partnership with real estate players for the deployment of optical fibre and the democratization of innovative practices to the 46,000 inhabitants of the rental Nantes Habitat. Indeed, within six years, these people will also benefit from optimal conditions for new uses such as 3D TV, gaming networks or the cloud.’