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Broadband in France

The national broadband programme France Très Haut Débit sets out the targets of fast broadband access for all households by 2022 and fibre for all by 2025.

Summary of broadband development in France

France commits to covering its entire territory with high-speed broadband (30 Mbps) by 2022. Furthermore, the National Broadband Plan, France Très Haut Débit, foresees extending optical fibre to subscribers throughout the country by 2025.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

Main aims for broadband development

The French broadband target defined by the France Très Haut Débit is to guarantee broadband (at least 8 Mbps) for all citizens by 2020 and, achieve 100% coverage with 30 Mbps by 2022 and extend fibre to subscribers throughout the country by 2025. France’s broadband targets exceed the DAE, albeit with a longer time frame. France predominantly opts for establishing and widening its broadband network infrastructure through FTTH technology. arcep leads the development of 5G network in France.

Main measures for broadband development

Broadband mapping: Created in November 2011, the Digital Observatory collects and interprets data to assess the impact of digital technologies in the economy and to compare France with other countries of the European Union.

Other measures: The French Government published a convention agreement on the modalities of FTTH deployment, Modèle de Convention de programmation et de suivi des déploiements FttH 2013 as well as specifications for network development project applications in its broadband strategy (France Très Haut Débit).

National and regional broadband financial instruments

French officials expect that the national strategy will require mobilisation of private and public investments of up to EUR 20 billion. The Fund for the Digital Society (Fonds pour la société numerique) provides a combination of public loans and funding to support the roll-out of ultrafast broadband by the French government. Infrastructure projects that are eligible include works on backhaul networks (FTTN), passive fibre optic networks (FTTH), customer access (FTTH), access for public institutions (education, health, public administration), support for Wi-Max and/or satellite receivers as well as feasibility studies for planned roll-out projects.

Data on broadband development and technologies in France

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetration, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs, check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

For details on harmonised spectrum assignments consult the European 5G Observatory.

Publications and press documents

English

French

Contact information

BCO France (national Broadband Competence Office): Commissariat Général à l’Egalité des Territoires

Address: 20 avenue de Ségur, 75007 Paris, France
Contact via email
Phone: + 33 1 85 58 62 69
Website

Ministry of Economy, Finance and Recovery (Ministère de l'Économie, des Finances et de la Relance)

Address: 139 rue de Bercy, 75572 Paris, France
Contact via email
Phone: +33 1 40 04 04 04
Website

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes)

Address: 7 square Max Hymans, 75730 Paris, France
Contact via email
Phone: + 33 1 40 47 70 00
Website

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