French telco SFR and the Aubervilliers Office of Public Housing (OPH) have signed an agreement for the deployment of high speed fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) broadband in the premises managed by the housing association in the city of Aubervilliers, located in the Ile-de-France region. According to a press release, 30% of the population of Aubervilliers will be connected to the fibre-optic network by the end of June 2014, and tenants will have the option to choose their service provider. The FTTH network will deliver theoretical download speeds of up to 100Mbps, thus providing users with access to high speed internet, voice services and HDTV in optimal operating conditions.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, SFR and rival telco Orange Group signed a joint agreement with the authorities of Ile-de-France to deploy optical fibre broadband access infrastructure in both high- and lower-density areas in April 2013. The deal, which is to be funded through public and private investment, will enable the rollout of FTTH serving the entire region, which includes the capital Paris, targeting 100% direct fibre broadband coverage of homes and businesses by 2020. Under the plan, by 2020 the two operators will aim to cover 4.7 million households via private investment, or 89% of homes in the Ile-de-France region, while in those areas not covered by private investment, shared FTTH networks (Public Initiative Networks [PINs]) will be deployed to 862 municipalities with financial support from the government/regional authorities worth EUR150 million (USD196.5 million).