French cable operator Numericable has upgraded its fibre-optic network to download speeds of 200Mbps in Nantes, situated in the Loire-Atlantique Department, thus providing an ultra-fast broadband connection to 84,000 households, Les Echos reports. The company also plans to gradually cover the Ain Department with fibre-optic technology this month, and the first towns to benefit from the 200Mbps connection are Divonne les Bains, Gex, Thoiry Bellegarde Sur Valserine Billiat, Chatillon en Michaille, Lancrans and Leaz. As of September 2013, Numericable’s fibre broadband network is available in 94 Departments (616 towns), passing around five million homes; the company’s goal is to reach the six million households mark by the end of 2014.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, Numericable has signed up one million broadband subscribers by June 2013, a 4.49% increase year-on-year on the 957,000 subscriptions reported in June 2012. The company claimed 4.1% of the French broadband market at that date, trailing behind market leader Orange France (41.0%), Iliad’s Free (22.6%), SFR (21.2%) and Bouygues Telecom (7.8%).