Orange joins French association FIRIP

Wednesday 22 November 2017 | 07:53 CET | News

Orange has become a member of FIRIP, the French national association that represents the interests of companies working on public initiative networks, known as RIP (‘Reseaux d'Initiative Publique’). Created at the end of 2012, FIRIP has currently over 200 members, including infrastructure operators such as Altitude, Axione, Covage, Eutelsat, Kosc Telecom and TDF.

Orange said that the decision to become a member demonstrated its commitment to the RIP sector and its willingness to act responsibly and coherently in its private and public initiative deployments.

The announcement follows recent press reports that SFR’s division dedicated to RIP projects, SFR Collectivites, saw its FIRIP membership revoked on 18 October as a result of the operator’s new national fibre strategy, which could lead to duplicate fibre networks in under-served areas and, therefore, may pose a threat to the viability of the RIP model.

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