Altice abandons plans to deploy fibre on its own across all of France

14 Dec 2017

Altice Group, parent of French telecoms provider SFR Group, has dropped its bid to roll out its own costly broadband fibre-optic technology across all of France by 2025, in a bid to rein in investment costs, Reuters writes. Alain Weill, head of Altice’s French unit SFR Group, was quoted as saying: ‘We’ve recently decided to go for a more traditional model… and a collaboration with local authorities.’

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July 2017 SFR Group proposed to extend fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) infrastructure to 80% of the territory by 2022 and the whole of the country by 2025 without any state support, in a move which could have saved the government up to EUR15 billion (USD17.1 billion) on its ‘France Tres Haut Debit (FTHD)’ national broadband plan (expected to require EUR20 billion of government aid).