As of this summer, the Loire department has enjoyed 100% connectivity! 100% of addresses within the TH42 network are eligible for FTTH (fibre to the home), which can now be marketed by operators. This is a landmark event for rural areas (those outside the metropolitan area of St Etienne and greater Roanne area).

Rolled out over 5 years, the THD42 network, built by SIEL-Territoire d’énergie (SIEL-TE), comprises over 10,500km of fibre-optic cables– the equivalent of about 3 Tours de France! Over 274 municipalities and 185,000 homes or premises are now eligible for FTTH and can enjoy the benefits of all the packages offered by partner operators. In these municipal areas, 100% of residents and businesses can be connected free-of-charge through the pre-connection initiative, so they can benefit from a very high-speed broadband to which rural areas rarely have access.

Loire Department Coverage

Credits: G. Bret

This public infrastructure supplements the range of services provided by the LOTIM network initiated in 2005 by the Departmental Council and constructed by LOTIM Télécom. The two networks are complementary and allow for optimal coverage of the region; LOTIM has been available to all economic stakeholders in the Loire department for 15 years, in particular across the metropolitan area of St Etienne and the greater Roanne area.

This public initiative, associated with Axione’s expertise via the two public utility companies, will allow the whole region to enjoy highly value-added services across all user profiles. It will likewise contribute to the development of the local economy and the quality of life of the residents of the Loire region.

A unique situation where a public initiative network is offering100% of residents and businesses free connection. This is a major asset which makes a region more attractive and offer companies value-added services

David Daroussin, Director of DSP LOTIM Télécom and THD42 Exploitation

As a result, the access to very high-speed broadband in both rural and built-up areas is responding to the population’s new needs and uses (remote working, freelance activities, etc.) and facilitating daily life in general. Such a high quality connection guarantees time savings, autonomy for self-employed people, and more seamless browsing and data sharing.