SFR passes 200,000 new premises with fibre in September

Monday 6 November 2017 | 09:05 CET | News

SFR’s fibre network passed an additional 200,000 new premises across 86 French municipalities during September, including those covered via hybrid fibre-coaxial and FTTH services. This was the start of the deployment for 39 of these municipalities, marking the arrival of SFR fibre, while coverage was extended in the other locations. Overall, the operator’s fibre footprint reached 10.396 million premises at end-September across nearly 1,600 municipalities.

Over recent weeks, SFR has also published details of several developments at regional level, including projects to extend its FTTH coverage and infrastructure upgrades to deliver faster speeds over its hybrid fibre-coaxial network. In the Rhone department, the operator has signed an agreement with local authorities to bring FTTH services to 40,000 premises across 53 municipalities by 2020, without receiving public subsidies. On the Mediterranean coast, it has reached the milestone of 1,000 connected homes and businesses in the town of La Garde, where it committed to roll out FTTH to 14,250 premises under the agreement signed in 2011 for less densely populated areas (the so-called ‘AMII’ settlement). As part of the same agreement, it has installed an optical connection node to enable the start of the deployment in the small town of Mouans-Sartoux (Alpes-Maritimes).

Meanwhile, 1,362 municipalities saw the arrival of SFR’s LTE network in September, and 983 were upgraded to LTE-Advanced. Among the cities benefiting from faster mobile connectivity, Bordeaux and Rennes have now services reaching theoretical download speeds of 300 Mbps. The operator confirmed that its LTE network is on track to reach 99 percent population coverage by end-2018, from 93 percent currently. 

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