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France - Fibre and Wireless Broadband Insights


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France - Fibre and Wireless Broadband Insights

France is among the top three countries in Europe for fibre deployment, with growth bolstered both by demand for high bandwidth applications and by alternative operators keen to build networks independent from France Telecom. Fibre infrastructure has benefited from one of Europe's most far-reaching investment programs, with leading operators such as France Telecom, SFR, Numéricable and Iliad concentrating on the more expensive but robust FttH rather than the fibre/VDSL2 hybrid networks favoured by most other operators in Europe. The country also benefits from a regulator which has promoted fibre effectively, and from legislation introduced since 2008 which facilitates fibre access among providers. This report assesses France's fibre, wireless and satellite broadband markets in 2011, reviewing the strategies of the principal providers and analysing the regulatory implications for municipal-funded fibre networks and the tightened regulatory regime for the maturing WiFi/WiMAX market.

Key developments:

BT deploys its City Fibre Network in Paris; Free launches 1Gb/s service; Orange invests 2 billion to provide 15 million households with FttH by 2015; regulator consults on 3.5GHs spectrum for broadband use; government promotes 20 billion investment for national FttH network by 2023; FON extends WiFi arrangement with SFR; Orange signs joint network deals with Iliad, SFR and Bouygues to expand FttH in rural areas; Paris region commits to 15 million annual investment in fibre rollouts; regulator's market data to June 2013; telcos' operating data to Q2 2013; market developments to October 2013.

Companies covered in this report include:

Orange, Iliad (Free), SFR, Numéricable, Bouygues Telecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Fibre market
2.1 Overview
2.2 Regulatory issues
2.2.1 Legislation
2.2.2 Government measures
2.2.3 Government support to 2025
2.3 Regional support
2.4 Local authorities
3. Fibre-to-the-Home (FttH) networks
3.1 Statistics
3.2 Orange
3.3 Iliad (Free)
3.4 SFR
3.5 Numéricable
3.6 Bouygues Telecom
3.7 British Telecom (BT)
3.8 Municipal projects
3.8.1 Paris
3.8.2 Pau
3.8.3 Other municipal projects
3.9 Fibre network sharing
4. Wireless broadband
4.1 Wireless Local Loop (WLL)
4.1.1 First round
4.1.2 Second round
4.2 WiMAX players
4.2.1 Regulator's WiMAX assessment - 2011
4.3 WLAN/WiFi
4.3.1 Market overview
4.3.2 SFR
4.3.3 Orange
4.3.4 Boingo
4.4 Free
4.5 Public Analogue Mobile Radio (PAMR)
4.6 Internet via satellite
4.7 Mobile broadband
5. Related reports
Table 1 FttH premises through network sharing 2010 - 2013
Table 2 FttH/FttC subscribers 2008 2013
Table 3 FttH equipped and passed buildings 2008 - 2013
Table 4 Orange fibre subscribers 2006 - 2012
Table 5 Free projections - Paris fibre 2006; 2008; 2010; 2012; 2014
Table 6 Fibre network sharing subscriptions and homes passed 2009 - 2012
Table 7 Orange satellite broadband subscribers 2008 - 2012
Table 8 Orange mobile broadband subscribers 2004 - 2011
Chart 1 FttH/FttC subscribers 2008 - 2013
Exhibit 1 Principal FttH and FttC (FttLA) deployments - 2013

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