France's Iliad Group plans FTTH footprint of 4mn homes by 2012


Iliad Group, the parent company of French ISPs Free and Alice, has revealed that it plans to deliver fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) coverage to 70% of Paris by the second half of this year and to 4mn households by 2012, having already invested EUR 150mn as part of the roll-out of its FTTH network.

The group also expects to reach 5mn broadband subscribers in 2011, between both its Free and Alice subsidiaries, as well as an 82% group-wide unbundling rate by the end of this year. Free alone had 1.3mn broadband customers by the end of 2008, placing it second in the French broadband market, behind France Telecom.

Alice (acquired from Telecom Italia in August 2008 for EUR 760mn) reportedly had around 150,000 IPTV subscribers by September 2008, according to data from Informa Telecoms & Media. Free meanwhile has not released subscriber figures for its IPTV service 'Freebox TV'.