Hauts-de-Seine Conseil puts FTTH infrastructure up for sale

26 Nov 2014

The Hauts-de-Seine Conseil has put the fibre-optic infrastructure deployed by Sequalum under the Le Tres Haut Debit dans les Hauts-de-Seine (THD Seine) project up for sale, according to an announcement published in the Bulletin Officiel des Annonces des Marches Publics (BOAMP).

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, the company, a 95/5 joint venture between French broadband provider Numericable and telco SFR, was contracted back in March 2008 to roll out fibre infrastructure covering 100% of the district by the end of 2015. However, in October 2014 the Hauts-de-Seine Conseil General rescinded the EUR422 million (USD533 million) agreement with Sequalum, due to ‘significant delays in the construction of the network’.

Patrick Devedjian, the president of Hauts-de-Seine Conseil General, disclosed that the operator had not respected its commitments and had failed to make available the human and financial capital necessary to complete the work on time. The Hauts-de-Seine Counseil revealed that only 113,000 nodes were connected to the fibre-optic network by July 2014, with 556,000 classified as ‘connectable’ at that date, well short of the 825,900 connected fibre nodes agreed upon under the THD Seine programme.

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