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Optical fiber: nearly half of French internet users have a very high speed connection in 2020

Thank you for optical fiber: 45% of French people now have a very high speed connection. At the end of September 2020, they are 13.6 million to benefit from very high speed, according to Arcep. They were 36% at the same time a year earlier. If the confinement has probably pushed households to obtain a high-speed internet subscription, the telecoms regulatory authority regrets a heterogeneous deployment in the territory.

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The government’s promise of a 100% fibered France in 2025 could well see the light of day. Arcep, the telecommunications regulatory authority, today published a report on the internet services market. And the observation is clear: the French are turning more and more to optical fiber. With 1 million additional subscriptionss in the 3rd quarter of 2020, they are in total 13.6 million to benefit from a very high speed connection, either 45% of internet subscribers in France. Last year, there were 36% of homes equipped.

All of these very high speed accesses are due to optical fiber (FttH). 3 million more internet users equipped this year, bringing the total to 9.2 million connections. 50% of the 22.3 million eligible premises are now subject to a subscription. In all, 30.3 million French people benefit from an internet at least High Speed. It is 685,000 more than last year, and 215,000 over last quarter.

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Containment has contributed to the deployment of optical fiber

Sébastien Soriano, president of Arcep, does not exclude that these figures are partly due to the current crisis: “We are seeing a particularly strong acceleration in the adoption of fiber by our fellow citizens. This is certainly due to a Covid and confinement effect with the acceleration of digital uses, whether with teleworking, e-commerce or distance education ”, he explains before congratulating the operators for the development of the network: “We were very pleasantly surprised in the second quarter to see that the operators had managed to maintain a very significant effort in the construction of the network when there were real difficulties to circulate in the country”.

But, if we count all the same 1.4 million additional premises eligible for optical fiber, ie 33% more than last year, Arcep regrets that this deployment is not carried out fairly across the country. “There is real expectation from Arcep for operators to finish what they have started”, so declared the body. The populations of Lille and Marseille, for example, are only covered respectively 46% and 65%, compared to 95% and 94% in Paris and Lyon. The situation in less dense areas is hardly better. While Free accuses SFR of preventing it from settling in rural areas, the operators seem to have difficulty reaching an agreement.

Source: ARCEP