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France - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


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France has one of the largest broadband subscriber bases in Europe. Growth in recent years has been bolstered by demand for high bandwidth services, which has prompted considerable investment in fibre infrastructure among telcos and regional governments. This has been supported by regulatory measures which have promoted access to Orange's copper and fibre infrastructure for new entrants, as well as a national broadband program which involves an investment of more than 20 billion. Of this sum, telcos are commercially responsible to building out infrastructure affecting almost 60% of the population, with the balance to be covered by local government initiatives at cost of about 14 billion. Progress in deployment has been rapid, while the take-up rate among consumers has also increased substantially.

DSL still dominates the broadband market in terms of access lines, though the number of DSL lines is falling as customers are migrated to fibre infrastructure. Fibre deployments have grown substantially in recent years, with all of the major ISPs concentrating their investments in fibre with a view to promoting 1Gb/s services. Although the cable footprint only reaches about 40% of the population, the dominant cableco SFR Group has upgraded its network to compete with DSL and has itself entered the DSL and fibre markets. SFR intends to provide national fibre coverage by 2025.

This report assesses France's fixed broadband market, focussing on cable, DSL and the fast-developing FttP/C sectors. It reviews the strategies of the principal providers such as Orange, Iliad and SFR Group, and considers the regulatory status of LLU and access to fibre infrastructure.

Key developments:

Government proposes new measures to fill gaps in broadband availability; SFR increases footprint of its 1Gb/s FttP service; broadband subscriber growth remains strong at 5%; Orange extends reach of vectored DSL; DSL subscriber base begins to fall; cable sector accounting for 5% of broadband market by subscribers; success of fibre co-investment deals among operators; report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2017, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, Iliad, SFR, Numéricable, Bouygues Telecom.


1. Synopsis
2. Introduction and statistical overview
2.1 Market analysis
2.2 Broadband statistics
2.3 Forecasts broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
2.4 Regulatory issues
2.4.1 Government support
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1 Orange
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Statistics
5.3 Orange
5.4 Iliad (Free)
5.5 SFR Group
5.6 Bouygues Telecom
5.7 Municipal projects
5.8 Fibre network sharing
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
6.2.1 Internet via satellite
7. Related reports
Table 1 Dial-up internet subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 2 Dial-up internet traffic 2005 - 2014
Table 3 Broadband subscribers by type and penetration 2000 - 2017
Table 4 Superfast broadband connections 2011 - 2017
Table 5 Broadband penetration by technology 2007 - 2016
Table 6 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1995 - 2009
Table 7 Internet users and penetration rate 2010 - 2018
Table 8 Internet subscribers 2008 - 2017
Table 9 Historic - Percentage of households with internet access 1997 - 2009
Table 10 Percentage of households with internet access 2010 - 2017
Table 11 Forecast broadband subscribers 2018; 2020; 2022
Table 12 Cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2017
Table 13 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2018
Table 14 Orange DSL subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 15 Free broadband revenue 2006 - 2017
Table 16 Free broadband subscribers 2005 - 2017
Table 17 Free broadband subscriber ARPU 2013 - 2017
Table 18 SFR broadband subscribers by type 2013 - 2017
Table 19 SFR broadband homes passed 2009 - 2017
Table 20 SFR revenue 2005 - 2017
Table 21 SFR annualised ARPU by broadband service 2013 - 2017
Table 22 Bouygues Telecom broadband subscribers 2010- 2017
Table 23 FttP equipped and passed buildings 2008 - 2017
Table 24 FttP subscribers 2013 - 2017
Table 25 Orange fibre subscribers 2006 - 2017
Table 26 Bouygues Telecom fibre subscribers 2015 - 2017
Table 27 Network shared FttP passed premises by operator 2015 - 2017
Chart 1 Broadband subscribers by type and penetration 2003 2017
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2018

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