France’s national telecoms regulator Arcep says that by the end of June this year, a total of 38,700 buildings were equipped with fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology and connected to one or more fibre networks provided by domestic operators. The figure marks a 14.5% rise on the figure reported at the end of the first quarter, it said.
Taken overall, these buildings comprise some 910,000 FTTH-eligible households in the country, up 9% quarter-on-quarter and 40% higher than the corresponding period in mid-2009. By the start of July 2010, former monopoly France Telecom (FT) reported 10.3 million wholesale broadband DSL lines were being used by altnets, up by 1.13 million on a year earlier. Of the total, some 7.14 million lines were fully unbundled lines, 1.26 million were partially unbundled, 1.33 million were naked ADSL or DSLE bitstream Pro, and 515,000 were bitstream ADSL.