French telco Orange has signed an agreement with government officials and local authority representatives of Vendee to deploy a fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network in the department, which is located in the Pays-de-la-Loire region. According to a press release, more than 50,000 households in 18 towns throughout the department will benefit from the agreement, and the first premises to be offered the high speed broadband service – situated in La Roche-sur-Yon and Country Olonnes – will be connected to the fibre network in time for Christmas. The network deployed by Orange will be accessible to all service operators operating in the region, leaving the choice of supplier to end users.
Bruno Retailleau, president of the General Council of Vendee, said: ‘This initiative is the result of the General Council of the Vendee’s plan to provide high speed broadband to all [residents] and all companies by 2025, 85% from optical fibre.’ The General Council has teamed up with energy provider Syndicat Departemental d’Energie et d’Equipement de la Vendee (SYDEV) to form a public initiative fibre network dubbed ‘Vendee Digital’. The official added that the deployment programme comprises three stages: the first stage will see the laying of 3,000km of fibre-optic cabling in 13 towns of Vendee, which will affect 30,000 households. The department was granted a state subsidy of EUR18.9 million (USD23.7 million) for the project.