FTTH Council welcomes French fibre plan
Editor | 26-02-2013
Less than a week after bemoaning the lack of development of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) roll out in the larger Western European territories, the FTTH Council Europe has commended the French Government for its new fibre investment strategy.
François Hollande’s administration has revealed that it is to invest around €20 billion in ultra-fast broadband infrastructure, with a special focus on future-proof fibre in the coming years.
Such financing is crucial, says the FTTH Council Europe, whose mission is to accelerate the availability of fibre-based, ultra-high–speed access networks to consumers and businesses, as it will support the delivery of new services that enhance quality of life, contribute to a better environment and increase economic competitiveness.
“Two weeks ago the European Union Government decided to reduce the broadband budget in the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) from €9 billion to €1 billion [and] in doing so, they missed an opportunity to make a strong statement towards the importance of broadband and of the Digital Agenda in Europe," commented Karin Ahl, president of the FTTH Council Europe.
“By reducing the CEF budget, the European governments also took the individual responsibility to ensure a positive investment framework for future-proof fibre broadband in their countries. With François Hollande's announcement on Wednesday, France made a clear statement that it is willing to take this responsibility. The FTTH Council Europe welcomes this decision and hopes that other EU countries will follow the example of France very soon,” she added.