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 Friday, January 13, 2012
French operators added 45,000 fast broadband customers in the third quarter to reach a total of 600,000 at the end of September, according to telecommunications regulator Arcep. The customer base includes 175,000 FTTH and FTTB subscribers, up by 20,000 in the quarter and by 71,000 in one year. Most of the remaining 425,000 fast broadband customers are on fibre/co-ax cable. Their number rose by 25,000 in the third quarter and by 34 percent over one year. Overall broadband customers grew by 340,000 net customers in the third quarter to reach 22.4 million. Growth over one year was 7 percent, or 1.5 million subscribers. At 20.7 million, 93 percent of all broadband subscribers were on xDSL at the end of September. The number of homes eligible for FTTH rose by 40 percent in one year to 1.35 million. At the end of June the figure stood at 1.21 million. The number of homes that are eligible for FTTH from more than one operator rose by 210 percent in one year to 405,000. At the end of June the figure stood at 336,000. Arcep found that at the end of September there were 13,000 subscribers to a service provider other than the one who installed their building's fibre. This is up on 9,300 at the end of June and 620 percent more than at the end of September 2010.

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Telecom Paper.