12 Feb 2016
French telecoms operator Orange has unveiled its fibre-based services in the French West Indies, which comprises the overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique and French Guiana, via its regional subsidiary Orange Caraibe. The fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service – which offers maximum down/upload speeds of up to 500Mbps/200Mbps – is currently available in Pointe-a-Pitre and Basse-Terre (Guadeloupe), Fort-de-France (Martinique) and Cayenne (French Guiana). By 2022 the company is planning to invest EUR11 million (USD12.4 million) in fibre infrastructure in Guadeloupe, with EUR31 million and EUR25 million earmarked for fibre deployments in Martinique and French Guiana, respectively. Further, the operator’s FTTH network is scheduled to pass 15% of households in Guadeloupe (covering the cities of Basse-Terre, Pointe-a-Pitre and Petit-Bourg), 31% (Martinique: Fort-de-France and Schoelcher) and 53% (French Guiana: Cayenne and Remire-Montjoly) by the end of 2022.