715,000 subscribe to French fibre

Pascale Paoli-Lebailly ©RapidTVNews | 05-06-2012

The number of subscriptions to fast and ultra-fast broadband at the end of Q1 2012 in France reached 23.1 million, 6% growth over the year.
According to a new round-up from telecom regulatory body Arcep, the sector has added 10 million subs over the last five years. The number of subscribers to ultra-fast broadband services grew 39% within a year, breaking down into 495,000 FTTB subs and 220,000 FTTH subs. In the same time, fast broadband upped 5.2% to 22.385 million.
Such growth spread across all technologies Arcep revealed, including xDSL, up 5.1% to 21.3 million subs; FTTH, up 59% over one year; and finally cable and other technologies whose subscriptions numbers reached 1.6 million.
Mostly proposed by Numericable, FTTB remains the leading technology for fibre as 5.4 million homes were eligible to UFB services at the end of Q1.The reason is that, despite the number of FTHH passed homes rose 39 % over one year to 1,580,000, its penetration rate is still very low.