According to the latest stats from the French telecom regulator Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), FTTH/B subscriptions in Q1 2018 increased by 355,000 to reach a total of 3.6 million. The figures, for France and its overseas departments, bring the overall tally of fixed broadband and ultra-broadband connections to 28.6 million to the end of March. This last represents a growth of 685,000 in one year, up by some 2.5%.
Other takeaways from the ARCEP survey include:
-In the first quarter of 2018, the number of ultra broadband subscriptions (defined as a maximum upload speed greater than or equal to 30 Mbits/s) increased by 505,000 to 7.5 million, with 1.7 million additional subscriptions registered in one year, compared to 1.3 million a year earlier. Most of the growth came from the increase in end-to-end fibre optic subscriptions, where the increase of 355,000 over the previous quarter equated to 1.2 million in Year-on-Year (YoY) terms.
-Municipal/public-initiative networks, (Reseaux d’Initiative Publique’), accounted for 1.3 million FTTH premises, up from 1.2 million in the previous quarter.
-As of 31 March 2018, 10.9 million premises were eligible to subscribe to an FTTH access service, or 33% more than one year earlier.
-In total, superfast broadband subscriptions accounted for 41% of all premises eligible to subscribe to a superfast access plan, which marks a 5% increase YoY.
-In total, at the end of Q1 2018, 18.1 million households in France were able to subscribe to a ultra-broadband Internet access service, all technologies combined, including 12.2 million households located outside of very high-density areas.
-Over the past four quarters, 2,730,000 FTTH connections have been installed. However, ARCEP cautions that suppliers need to continue to step up the pace of their rollouts if they are to achieve the coverage targets they have set for themselves.