France Télécom has announced plans to reach 60 % of FTTH passed households by 2020, represent 10 million households in 2015 and 15 million in 2020.
The group aims to deploy its fibre-optic networks in 3,600 French communes by 2015. These will be spread across 220 places including all large and medium-sized towns or cities.
To achieve this goal, the French telco also promised again to invest €2 billion over the five next years into very high speed broadband networks.
It added that it will cooperate with other interested network operators by offering access solutions as set-out in the regulatory framework. In particular, the group will offer co-investment solutions.
The announcement was made by French Minister of Industry Eric Besson was visiting France Télécom Orange’s FTTH connection network offices. Besson said that he appreciated “the effort” by which Orange complied with French government request for detailed information on its plans to invest in very high speed broadband.
However, he also asked the company to accelerate the pace of development, mentioning that currently only one million households are FTHH passed. The objective would be to reach two million by the end of December 2011.
For the other 40% of households missed, the operator explained that it wants to develop a cooperative approach with local powers to bring alternative solutions such as satellite.