Orange France and local authority representatives of Brittany have signed a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) agreement which outlines the deployment schedule of the telco’s FTTH network in the seventh largest administrative region of France and specifies the scope of Orange’s investment in order to determine the amount of public funding needed. According to the company’s press release, Orange France has committed to roll out FTTH infrastructure in the metropolitan communities of Brest, Lorient, Quimper, Rennes, Saint-Brieuc, Saint-Malo, Vannes, and the towns of Concarneau, Douarnenez, Ferns, Guingamp, Lannion, Morlaix St Martin des Champs and Vitre by end-2020. Orange’s CEO commented: ‘Orange shares the ambition of the government to deploy ultra-high speed broadband, and I confirm on this occasion our efforts on investment in fibre. In the current economic climate, this agreement is a milestone and a concrete intelligent deployment of very high speed broadband. This shows that the complementarity between private and public investment is a necessity. It is a challenge for our industry and our country, especially in Brittany region, where Orange supports innovation, thanks to the Orange Labs in Lannion, the cradle of R&D in the field of fibre.’
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in February 2011 Orange announced plans to reach 60% of households (i.e. 15 million homes) with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) by 2020, with an interim target of ten million households by 2015. The former monopoly has set out a clear target to deploy fibre-optic access networks in 3,600 French communes by 2015. These will be spread across 220 agglomerations, including all large and medium-sized towns or cities. The operator pledged an investment of EUR2 billion over the period 2010-2015 to reach this goal.