French operator Bouygues Telecom and independent infrastructure operator TDF have signed a nationwide framework contract enabling Bouygues to market services utilising all of the fibre-optic networks operated by TDF. The latter notes that the contract ‘underlines the validity of its positioning as an impartial and open fibre infrastructure operator’, less than one year after entering the market. At the beginning of 2017, TDF was chosen by its first two local authorities, represented by Val d’Oise Numerique and Yvelines Numeriques, to connect 200,000 premises in order to provide broadband to people living in less densely populated areas.
Yves Legrand, executive vice president of technical operations at Bouygues Telecom, commented: ‘Bouygues Telecom and TDF have been partners for many years, particularly in mobile phone coverage. This new contract highlights one of our ambitions in FTTH, namely to be present in all of France’s less dense areas, thus enabling Bouygues Telecom to achieve its target of 20 million premises marketed by 2022.’