France - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses


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France - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

France has the third largest broadband subscriber base in Europe. Growth in 2009 has been bolstered by demand for high bandwidth applications, considerable investment in fibre infrastructure among telcos and regional governments, and a pro-competitive regulator which has promoted access to Orange's DSL network for new entrants through local loop unbundling. Recent legislation has secured similar access for fibre infrastructure. DSL still dominates the broadband market in terms of access lines, though fibre deployments have grown substantially in recent years and will continue to do so into 2016. Although the cable footprint only reaches about 40% of the population, the dominant cableco Numéricable-SFR has upgraded its network to compete with DSL and has itself entered the DSL market through the acquisition of DSL-based market players.

This report assesses France's fixed broadband market, focussing on cable and DSL as well as developments with related technologies such as ADSL2+ and VDSL2 as well as the fast-developing FttP/C sectors. It reviews the strategies of the principal providers such as Orange, Iliad and Numéricable-SFR, and considers the regulatory status of LLU and access to fibre infrastructure.

Key developments:

Numéricable-SFR launches an 800Mb/s FttP service; broadband subscriber growth remains strong at 5%; Orange deploys VDSL2 to 60% of the population, extends reach of vectored DSL; DSL subscriber base broaches 21 million; cable sector accounts for 5% of total broadband; success of fibre co-investment deals among operators; report update includes the regulator's market data to September 2015, operator data to Q4 2015, recent market developments.

Companies covered 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 2016; 2018; 2021
2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
2.4 Regulatory issues
2.4.1 Government support
2.4.2 Regional support
2.4.3 Broadband for Everyone'
2.4.4 Piracy legislation
2.4.5 Net neutrality
2.4.6 Leased line market
2.4.7 Local Loop Unbundling (LLU)
2.4.8 Wholesale access
2.4.9 Bitstream access
3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
3.1 Cable network agreements
3.2 Cable consolidation
3.3 Numéricable
4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
4.1 Orange
4.2 Free (Iliad)
4.3 SFR
4.4 Bouygues Telecom
4.5 ADSL2+
4.6 READSL2
4.7 Very High Data Rate Digital Subscriber Line (VDSL)
4.8 Symmetric Digital Subscriber Lines (SDSL)
4.9 Vectored DSL
5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
5.1 Introduction
5.2 Legislation
5.2.1 Fibre deployment in non-urban areas
5.3 Government measures
5.4 Government support to 2025
5.5 Regional support
5.5.1 Local authorities
5.6 Statistics
5.7 Orange
5.8 Iliad (Free)
5.9 Numéricable-SFR
5.10 Bouygues Telecom
5.11 British Telecom (BT)
5.12 Municipal projects
5.13 Fibre network sharing
6. Other fixed broadband services
6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
6.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
6.2.1 Wireless broadband
6.2.2 SFR
6.2.3 Orange
6.2.4 Boingo
6.2.5 Free
6.2.6 Public Analogue Mobile Radio (PAMR)
6.2.7 Internet via satellite
6.3 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
7. Related reports
Table 1 Internet access and device ownership by platform 1997 - 2015
Table 2 Internet revenue by access type 1998 - 2014
Table 3 Dial-up internet subscribers 2005 - 2016
Table 4 Dial-up internet traffic 2005 - 2014
Table 5 Broadband subscribers by type and penetration 2000 - 2015
Table 6 Superfast broadband eligible premises 2000 - 2015
Table 7 Superfast broadband connections 2014 - 2015
Table 8 Broadband penetration 2000 - 2016
Table 9 Broadband penetration by technology 2007 - 2014
Table 10 Historic - Internet users and penetration rate 1995 - 2004
Table 11 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 - 2015
Table 12 Historic - Percentage of households with internet access 1997 - 2004
Table 13 Percentage of households with internet access 2005 - 2015
Table 14 Forecast broadband subscribers 2016; 2018; 2021
Table 15 Unbundled and bitstream lines 2009 - 2015
Table 16 Cable modem subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 17 Cable modem premises passed by data speed 2000 - 2015
Table 18 DSL subscribers 2000 - 2015
Table 19 Orange DSL subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 20 Free revenue by business line 2006 - 2015
Table 21 Free broadband subscribers 2005 - 2015
Table 22 Free proportion unbundled subscribers 2005 - 2014
Table 23 Historic - SFR broadband subscribers 2004 - 2012
Table 24 Numéricable-SFR broadband subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 25 SFR broadband homes passed 2009 - 2015
Table 26 SFR revenue 2005 - 2015
Table 27 SFR annualised ARPU by broadband service 2013 - 2015
Table 28 Bouygues Telecom broadband subscribers 2010- 2015
Table 29 VDSL premises passed (30Mb/s) 2013 - 2015
Table 30 High-speed broadband lines, by data rate 2008 2015
Table 31 FttP equipped and passed buildings 2008 - 2015
Table 32 FttP subscribers 2013 - 2015
Table 33 Orange fibre subscribers 2006 - 2015
Table 34 Orange network used for through network sharing 2010 - 2015
Table 35 FttP premises connected through network sharing 2010 - 2015
Chart 1 Broadband subscribers by type and penetration 2003 2015
Chart 2 Internet users and penetration rate 2005 2015

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