France had over 20 million broadband and ultra high-speed subscribers in the first quarter, according to telecommunications regulator Arcep. The country added 369,000 such customers in the quarter, taking the total to 20.05 million at the end of March. Year-on-year, the high-speed and ultra high-speed subscriber base grew by 9 percent in the first quarter, compared to 10.5 percent growth in the fourth quarter of 2009 and 10.8 percent in the third quarter of that year. Broadband subscribers accounted for 98 percent of the total as of 31 March. Ultra high-speed subscribers grew by 14.6 percent to 330,000 in the period.
There were 40,000 new fibre customers. Of all high-speed subscribers at the end of the first quarter, 77 percent were with cable operator Numericable, which runs fibre to the building, then co-ax to flats. The remainder had fibre to the home. According to Arcep around 40 municipalities are involved in fibre rollouts, with networks passing over 4.5 million homes.