A high-performance solution with fully rolling out the indoor 3G/4G network across

Axione has rolled out indoor coverage at La Samaritaine, an iconic building listed in the French historic monuments register, which dates back to 1870. The building, which has been undergoing renovation work since 2015, is owned by the LVMH group and is located right in the heart of Paris. This project is a wonderful yardstick as it demonstrates Axione’s expertise in implementing indoor-coverage projects.

In June 2019, Axione was tasked with fully rolling out the indoor 3G/4G network across the entire area of the La Samaritaine department store (20,000m² of retail space), by the company in charge of electrical works Santerne Île-de-France (IDF), for the customer LVMH. Therefore, after five years of works, operations on the new department store, located on rue de Rivoli in Paris’ 1st arrondissement, have been taken up once again by DFS (Duty Free Shoppers), a subsidiary of the LVMH group.

104 radio antennae have been set up inside the building by 7 Axione staff members, who were enlisted to work on the site. Axione completed the works in July 2020.

Credits : Rémy Kerbiquet

Therefore, visitors from all over the world will be able to enjoy the best possible connectivity thanks to multi-operator 3G and 4G networks, meaning that they can be accessed by all network users, irrespective of their operator and their nationality. Foreign visitors will therefore be able to access this superfast broadband, as the site will boast international functionality.

Axione teams have completed the initial process of bringing the operators online. This event is a reflection of the strong synergy with partner operators and is evidence of our expertise in delivering indoor coverage projects for department stores.  

The Axione teams have satisfied our requirements for the project. They have adapted to the project’s constraints, particularly in relation to putting in place hidden antennae in the suspended ceilings, despite how little space there is and how dense the networks are. This project has been a great success, which has established a trusting relationship between our companies for the future

Jean-Baptiste GANDIN, Head of Santerne Île-de-France

Credits : ARFORIA

Axione meets its customers needs, irrespective of their usage and their business sector, by providing a tailored solution, adapting to different types of infrastructure. For this project, Axione has provided its construction expertise, while respecting the aesthetics of a historic site. We have adapted to the complexities of multiple parallel activities and of keeping to schedules on the project. Thank you to our customer Santerne IDF for the faith that it has placed in us during the entire works phase

Tamara CHANY, Commercial Manger for Axione Île-de-France which has been responsible for this project

Well done to the teams for successfully completing this history-making project for Axione. 

Our other stories

Frédéric Duché, Chairman of SMO Eure Normandie Numérique, Patrick Canton, Director of Eure Normandie THD and Fabienne Dulac, Deputy Director General & CEO of Orange France announce the arrival of Orange Fibre broadband deals on the Eure public network.

To announce the arrival of Orange as an internet service provider (ISP) on the Eure public network, Frédéric Duché, Chairman of Eure Normandie Numérique symbolically chose to hold a press conference in Authevernes, a fibre-connected village in which inhabitants will be able to choose Orange for their Superfast Broadband connection from the end of the month.

Orange are finalizing their equipment installations, currently completing the final technical operations in order to commercialize their Fibre broadband deals more widely. From the end of the month, Orange Fibre broadband will be available in 24 communes* including Authevernes, Rugles, Gisors and La Saussaye, representing 7,000 local homes and businesses.

By the end of 2020*, Orange plan to make Orange Fibre broadband available to a further 45 communes including Bernay, Pont-Audemer, Le Neubourg and Conches-en-Ouche (15,000 homes). Orange then aim to gradually make their Fibre deals available as and when the Eure public network is rolled out.

“The roll-out of superfast broadband in the Eure department of France is the result of strong political commitment from the elected representatives in the area” reiterated Frédéric Duché, Chairman of SMO Eure Normandie Numérique.

Numerous actions have already been carried out in partnership with Orange, such as increase in broadband speed, mobile telephony, etc. Our high-quality fibre network is built to meet the expectations of the market players and designed to welcome all the operators in a sustainable manner. This is why we welcome the arrival of Orange, the historic French operator, and the eventual availability of their services for all the inhabitants of the Eure department. The elected representative then highlighted the conscientiousness of the operator, which continued to work during the lockdown period.

Patrick Canton, Director of Eure Normandie THD, stated that “Eure Normandie THD are steering the commercial operations on the Eure public network for all the operators involved and are already providing services in almost 30,000 homes in 112 communes. Eure Normandie THD welcomes a new nationwide operator such as Orange, which will boost the commercialization of fibre for the highest possible number of individuals and businesses”.

Fabienne Dulac, Deputy Director General & CEO of Orange France, added that “today’s announcement of the arrival of Orange as an internet services provider on the Eure public network means that 22,000 homes and businesses in 69 communes of the Eure will soon have access to the full set of Orange Fibre broadbanddeals. We are delighted to work together with the Departmental authorities and public bodies for digital development in the Eure with a common objective, i.e. developing its attractiveness.”

Are you eligible? https://boutique.orange.fr/eligibilite

* Communes eligible for Orange Fibre on the Eure public network:

End of September, 24 communes (7,000 homes and businesses eligible for Orange Fibre): Ambenay, Amécourt, Authevernes, Bazincourt-sur-Epte, Bois-Anzeray, Bois-Arnault, Chéronvilliers, Gisors, Guerny, Hébécourt, La Saussaye, La Vieille-Lyre, Les Thilliers-en-Vexin, Le-Thuit-de-l’Oison, Mandeville, Neaufles-Auvergny, Rugles, Saint-Cyr-la-Campagne, Saint-Denis-le-Ferment, Saint-Didier-des-Bois, Saint-Germain-de-Pasquier, Saint-Pierre-des-Fleurs, Vesly, Vraiville.

End of 2020, a further 45 communes (15,000 homes and businesses eligible for Orange Fibre): Aulnay-sur-Iton, Bacquepuis, Beaubray, Bernay, Bernienville, Boissy-Lamberville, Campigny, Canappeville, Capelle-les-Grands, Caorches-Saint-Nicolas, Claville, Collandres-Quincarnon, Colletot, Conches-en-Ouche, Corneville-sur-Risle, Courbépine, Crosville-la-Vieille, Daubeuf-la-Campagne, Ecquetot, Émanville, Épreville-près-le-Neubourg, Feuguerolles, Glisolles, Iville, Faverolles-la-Campagne, Ferrières-Haut-Clocher, Gaudreville-la-Rivière, Grand-Camp, Graveron-Sémerville, La Bonneville-sur-Iton, La Croisille, La Ferrière-sur-Risle, Le Fidelaire, Le Neubourg,  Le Perrey, Le Tilleul-Lambert, Le Tremblay-Omonville, Les Préaux, Le Val-Doré, Louversey, Manneville-sur-Risle, Nagel-Séez-Mesnil, Nogent-le-Sec, Plainville, Pont-Audemer, Portes, Ormes, Saint-Aubin-d’Écrosville, Saint-Élier, Sainte-Marthe, Sainte-Colombe-la-Commanderie Saint-Mards-de-Blacarville, Saint-Siméon, Saint-Sulpice-de-Grimbouville, Saint-Symphorien, Saint-Victor-de-Chrétienville, Sébécourt, Selles, Tournedos-Bois-Hubert, Tourville-sur-Pont-Audemer, Toutainville, Triqueville, Venon, Villettes, Villez-sur-le-Neubourg, Vitot.

About Eure Normandie Numérique

The SMO (Syndicat Mixte Ouvert) was created in 2014 and groups together all the EPCI (Public Bodies for Intercommunal Cooperation) in the Eure, the Departmental and regional authorities, with the objective of building a superfast broadband public network made from 238,000-connector fibre, excluding the areas of Evreux (formerly Grand Evreux Agglomération), Louviers (23,000 connections) and Vernon (28,000 connections) which benefit from a network built by private operators. In the remaining the area, Eure Normandie Numérique is responsible for rolling out a neutral and open network. It will provide solutions for the needs of both individuals and businesses, as well as the public sector. The roll-out should be completed in 2023 over the entire Eure area.

Since 2019, Eure Normandie Numérique has entrusted Axione, via public service delegation, with the tasks of continuing the operation and extending the fibre optic network over the next 20 years for a fee of 230 million Euros.

About Axione and Eure Normandie THD

Axione is owned by Bouygues Energies & Services and Vauban Infrastructure Partners and is a major player in the rollout of digital technology in both rural and urban areas. As a partner in the French Ultra-High Speed Broadband Plan, Axione design, build, finance, and operate new generation digital services (FTTH, 4G, etc.) on its own behalf and for regional authorities and service providers. Axione is a lever for competitive intensity and diversity of deals, and intervenes in all French regions (very dense areas and less dense areas) and provides telecom operators with superfast broadband connection services for their subscribers by pooling their digital infrastructure, which is open and accessible to all. Nearly 150 providers use the networks operated by Axione.

Eure Normandie THD was formed by Axione and its partners MIROVA SP5 & FIDEPPP2, both businesses managed by MIROVA (BPCE group) (55%), and Caisse des Dépôts et Consignations (30%), as part of a 20-year public service delegation starting on 3rd June 2019.ENTHD is a company dedicated to the superfast broadband project in the Eure department of France. For 20 years, it will take care of the engineering and commercial operations, as well as the maintenance of at least 238,000 FTTH connections on the French Superfast Broadband public network (with 178,000 connections provided specifically by the Syndicate and 60,000 connections provided by Eure Normandie THD), and also lead the commercialization without discrimination for local and national telecommunications operators.

About Orange

Orange is one of the leading global telecommunications network operators, with a turnover of 42 billion Euros in 2019 and 145,000 employees on 31st March 2020, including 85,000 in France. The Group served 253 million customers on 31st March 2020, including 208 million mobile customers and 21 million landline broadband customers. The Group is present in 26 countries. Orange is also a global leader in enterprise IT and communications services under the trade name Orange Business Services. In December 2019, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Engage 2025” which, guided by social and environmental exemplarity, aims to reinvent its operator model. As well as accelerating in growth areas sectors and placing Data and AI at the heart of its model for innovation, the Group is committed to being an attractive and responsible employer, adapted to the emerging occupations.

Orange is listed on the Euronext Paris securities market (ORA symbol) and on the New York Stock Exchange (ORAN symbol).

For more information (on the internet and on your mobile): www.orange.com, www.orange-business.com or to follow us on Twitter: @presseorange.

Orange and any other Orange products or services mentioned in this release are brands owned by Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.

Following the magnitude 5.4 earthquake that occurred on 11th November 2019 near the town of Teil, west of Montélimar, ADTIM—a subsidiary of Axione and delegate of the Ardèche Drôme Numérique (ADN) public network—provided optical fibre for the Centre National de la Recherche Scientifique (CNRS).

Thanks to this operation, researchers were able to use acoustic detection technology that allowed them to measure ground movements.  

Axione teams, on behalf of ADTIM, carried out optical fibre alignment work on a road near the municipality of Teil, west of Montélimar in the Ardèche department. The total distance of this link comprised 13km of optical fibre.

Credits : L.CLARA

Thanks to the provision of this infrastructure, scientists from the CNRS’ Géoazur laboratory were able to install “acoustic detection” equipment. This measurement tool was developed by the “Febus Optics” company, and it allows for the detection of ground movements using a monitoring system in order to anticipate and prepare for possible earthquake aftershocks. 

This project demonstrates the importance of our role as a contributor to regional development and as a public service delegate.  We were able to make our expertise available in record time in order to help manage this crisis and meet the needs of the region’s stakeholders. The 4 employees involved carried out the necessary work in just a few days. Normally, this type of operation takes longer.”

David Lentheric, Director of ADTIM

This operation displays Axione’s expertise and adaptability in managing unique and innovative projects.

This initiative highlights the usage potential of optical fibre. In the future, we could foresee continuing our work with the CNRS in order to roll out this type of project in other seismic risk areas.”

concludes David Lentheric.

The future looks bright for fibre!






opinion column

Thanks to the THD42 Exploitation network open to all providers, companies can select service packages that best suit their needs and considerably bolster their competitiveness. We are going to talk to two of these companies, who’ve successfully carried out their digital transition. 

Maud Brunel-Fontaine
CEO of BRUNEL SYNERGIE in Savigneux 

Describe your business  

Our head office unites several entities.  BRUNEL ENTREPRISE is a building/structural works company that was set up in Savigneux over 100 years ago. BP2E is a design office specialising in wastewater treatment processes, and Bevac is a wastewater sampling company. There are around 55 people in all of these entities combined.  

We also rent office space to a company that specialises in stairlifts (AR2A). 

Why switch to fibre? 

Our companies respond to several public invitations to tender during the year. Before switching to fibre at the end of 2019, these were mostly carried out using paper forms and applications. 

The mandatory dematerialisation of public tenders came in October 2019. Now, submissions must be carried out on secure platforms. It is absolutely crucial that we have control over our upload times, because we need to respect specific deadlines and timeframes for file submission, otherwise our offer can be rejected. 

How has fibre broadband changed the way you work?   

Before fibre, upload times were irregular and could take several hours. We had to anticipate the submission of offers the day before—constantly stressing about potentially failed uploads. Now, with the company benefitting from dedicated fibre, uploads are much smoother and last for a maximum of around one to two hours with very large files. The speed at which websites open is also incomparable. 

These working conditions are much more comfortable and cause us much less stress! 

Mathieu Pardon – Founder of Douzaleur and 3fois4 at Ecotay-l’Olme 

Describe your business

As a sports enthusiast, I created a running textile brand in 2013 that provides running T-shirts and accessories with unhesitatingly humorous messages (www.douzaleur.com).  

Today, while continuing the development of this brand, I have also specialised in visual communication.  

I have developed a creative design studio to respond to the graphic, digital, and 2D/3D printing needs of brands, clubs, associations, or sports event organisers (www.3fois4.fr). 

Ultra-High-Speed Internet: the ultimate argument for setting up in a rural area? 

My primary focus was quality of life. As a lover of nature and the outdoors, I chose to take my family to a rural environment while continuing to work from home.  

My work involves exchanging large documents on a daily basis, and the speed at which you can do this is essential for optimal efficiency. When we learned that fibre broadband was being rolled out in our municipality, we immediately seized the opportunity to get a connection. 

How has fibre broadband helped you develop your business? 

Most of my clients specialise in events and event planning, and therefore have tight deadlines. Fibre broadband now provides me unfailing responsiveness and competitiveness. Sending information is ultra-smooth and saves me precious time. Let’s be clear: without access to Ultra-High-Speed Internet, I would never have been able to live in the countryside and enjoy this standard of living! 

THD42 Exploitation is responsible for marketing and operating the public THD42 network 

THD42 Exploitation 5 parc Métrotech – 42650 St-Jean-Bonnefonds_ www.thd42exploitation.fr 

175 : This is the number of operators, customers of our infrastructures, who have been working alongside us and trusting us for more than 15 years.


Access to HSBB has become a point of competitiveness and attraction throughout the regions. Eric Jammaron, Deputy CEO at Axione, provides this analysis: He presents us with the added value of the mutualised telecom infrastructure, and his role in revitalising the regions.

To summarise :

  • 2,200 employees
  • 550 million euros in consolidated turnover
  • 6,500 communes already provided with broadband, which amounts to 13 million inhabitants and 2 500 HSBB areas of activity
  • 150 operator customers
  • 4 million km of fibre deployed per year
  • 24 public initiative networks
  • 6million FTTH connections under contract
  • 700 staff appointments in 2020
In 2003, Axione was created to respond to the requirement for digital planning. Tell us more about exactly what your business involves.

We find solutions for responding to regions’ constraints in terms of connectivity. The principle is make it possible for all telecom operators to offer the best solutions everywhere, without having to build a network right to the customer’s door. In real terms, we design, build, fund and use new generation fibre and radio telecom networks, from national datacentres to the very last building in a ‘département’ [like a county]. These networks are then lent to operators. This recent problem was born from the fact that the risk linked to the profitability of investments limits the presence of operators, particularly in less densely populated regions. To meet this challenge, we started with the idea of mutualising one single telecom infrastructure used by all service providers, thereby making the old adage ‘one operator, one network’ redundant.

To what extent do you feel that ultra-high speed promotes the regions’ economic momentum?

Digital communication has a critical place in our daily lives: health, education, the economy, mobility, public services… This will continue to be the case, and will keep growing for years to come. Indeed nowadays, a large number of services, both public and commercial, are more easily accessed by the internet. This is why we need to provide relevant answers so that all regions are equal in this reality of digital life.

Today we are seeing a stronger trend to move away from the cities and settle down in less densely populated areas. The first thing people expect to have is a good connection and a good network. The internet has become a tool for production, commercialisation and socialisation. Building an infrastructure which changes the lives of people and businesses brings a meaning to our project, and ties in completely to a sustainable contribution to a progressive society.

Installing perfect, universal connectivity brings everyone an equal opportunity to develop themselves, learn, take care of themselves, sell or create. We are committed to finding the right solutions, according to the particular nature of each region, by deploying the right network in the right place.

We are currently part of a European, perhaps even global dynamic in terms of ensuring internet access under the best possible conditions. In this context, Axione is participating in writing history of universal connectivity. We must find long-term financial, technical, and organisational solutions, all while training people to face these new challenges, which are generating a lot of expectation across regions.

Could you explain what a PIN is? How is it different to other fibre optic deployment projects?

The Public Initiative Network (PIN) is an idea which was born from a 2004 law. More than 15 years ago, operators didn’t want to invest in very rural areas. Local collectivities were therefore authorised to establish telecommunication networks, so that operators could reach them. The notion of a mutualised infrastructure was born; this is the idea from which Axione was developed. The big difference with a private operator’s network is that the PIN is a local public service which translates into a public contract with commitments in terms of coverage, quality of infrastructure and quality of use. Managing a PIN means respecting a certain number of contractual general interest commitments that can be penalised by coercive measures. For example, in the most developed areas of the country, 100% of the population should be eligible for FTTH[1].

[1]Fibre To The Home

All HSBB key players are in agreement that deployment of fibre optics moved up a gear last year. What are your plans for the coming years?

The initial challenge is to continue to provide universal connectivity that must evolve over time, and therefore participate in the dynamic of urban and rural development in France and abroad. Both in very high speed fibre optics (FTTH) and radio (4 and 5G), as well as in low speed radio (Lora…).

To do this, we must continue down our path of industrialisation and retain our efficiency in production, all the while satisfying our customers’ general interest, the growth in subscriptions of our operator customers and the achievement of cash flows promised to our investors. The investment mutualisation model makes it possible to act on the intensity of competition, favouring a wide choice of providers and, indeed, the diversity of services. We have been using it for more than 15 years in the most rural zones. And we are now using it in the largest French cities, via our subsidiary company CityFast; Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Bordeaux…

We are continually seeking to bring a higher added value, when operating both in France and abroad. Digital technology widens the range of possibilities. We are not ruling out any additional areas of development to make digital technology accessible to all.

Is public funding a determining factor for the development of infrastructures or are there alternatives?

Public funding has been very important in the rolling out of digital infrastructures, and also at the beginning of Axione’s history.

Historically, the financial markets were not aware of the problems with mutualised infrastructures. For this reason, they had no appetite for supporting investment projects on infrastructures like this without direct intervention with end customers and, in fact, with cash flows dependent on their operator customers. Now, this market has become a sought-after investment for financial investors.

Beyond their usefulness for the public, these projects also represent predictable returns, as the risk of the internet disappearing is highly unlikely.I would say that today, it is the contractual partnership with the public authorities rather than the public funding which unifies the various powers and pushes us collectively to find solutions in a particularly fast-moving environment.

Our employees’ daily lives include technical, financial and structural innovation… and a great deal of pragmatism in the field!

Recognising that the objective for FTTH in 2025 is 92%, 8% of the population will still need an alternative solution. What does that mean to you?

The target for Axione is 100% FTTH. The traditional era of telephone networks is coming to an end. In addition, the closure of the copper network has been announced as being between now and 2030.

Fibre therefore is the most long-term and suitable solution as its replacement.At the same time, we are working with mobile operators to deploy 4G and 5G. Indeed, we are not opposed to fibre to mobile networks. They will require a fairly strong fibre capillarity.

The more fibre there is in a region, the better the 5G coverage will be; the two nourish each other and are interdependent.There is a schedule and a calendar to ensure we manage to achieve this objective of fibre for everyone. At the same time as these deployments, there is capacity for other solutions to temporarily provide answers to needs such as HSBB radio (LTE), which we are deploying throughout numerous departments, fixed 4G of mobile operators, or satellite…

The difficulty of recruitment in fibre-related professions is often discussed. How does Axione find this issue?

Our employees are at the heart of the success of our business and the added value of the company. Every person working at Axione is participating in a collective, ambitious and public utility business project. We support our employees so that they may evolve their careers within the company. Our skills are diverse: finance, technology, management, marketing, trade, innovation, communication…  We believe that every person has something to contribute to the company. Axione is, first and foremost, a human and industrial adventure.

The company’s senior management is there to support, motivate and promote the collective intelligence which is one of our driving forces. We are always stronger as an entity, and good ideas can come from everyone and anyone. In 2020, we are proposing more than 700 staff appointments in France and abroad. We have great careers prospects to offer to our future talents.

The issues with digital service development and regional equipment are faced by many. Several countries are in mid-development, for example Germany and the UK, where fibre optics are becoming an important issue. There is no doubt that we can provide these countries with our knowledge. That’s why this year we created Axione UK, to export the mutualised infrastructure model and thus continue the adventure on the other side of the Channel.

To read more about the subject

The Axione teams used a helicopter to deliver a radio pylon for the Free Mobile account on July 2nd, flying through the skies of Galéria (Haute-Corse) at an altitude of more than 400m.

This operation is part of the New Deal project, which aims to equip the area known as the ‘White Zone’, so-called because it is without mobile network connection, with 3G and 4G coverage.

The site is isolated, so using a helicopter made transporting the necessary equipment during various phases of deployment across the site a lot easier. A live base set up high in the mountains for the entire duration of the works provided the accommodation office for the teams mobilised on-site.

Deploying connectivity throughout a region without losing authenticity

The aesthetic tone of this 4-ton cross-shaped pylon is a first in France. This equipment, developed by ‘Kitting Telecom’, a company specialising in pylon design, shows that it is possible to integrate digital equipment into a region without disfiguring the landscape.

Congratulations to the teams.

On tuesday 7th july, avicca*, represented by its vice-president Nathalie Zammit-Helmer, President of the Ardèche-Drôme Numérique mixed association, and the voluntary military service (smv), represented by general Marc Boileau, signed this framework partnership agreement.

The objective of this collaboration is to promote the recruitment, integration, and training of volunteers from the Voluntary Military Service in digital sector professions.

The Ardèche Drôme Numérique (ADN) mixed association (Syndicat Mixte) is the first body to commit to this partnership.

Nathalie Zammit-Helmer, President of the Ardèche Drôme Numérique Mixed Association, and General Marc Boileau

Around ten young people between the ages of 18 and 25 from the Ambérieu en Bugey Voluntary Military Service Centre will have the opportunity, through this initiative, to join companies rolling out the public fibre optic network in Ardèche and Drôme, including the Axione/Bouygues Energies & Services consortium.

This forms a constituent element of the strategic thrust already initiated by the ADN Mixed Association, which is committed to ensuring that its public project for the rollout of fibre optic services has as much positive impact on employment and the local economy as possible, and since the project began in 2014, ADN has included occupational integration clauses in its contracts.

72,260 hours of occupational integration work have already been completed by 74 people seeking work as part of the initial contracts awarded to 5 consortiums over the first 5 years of rollout (2017-2021). As a continuation of this momentum, the new contract awarded to the Axione/Bouygues Energies & Services consortium in 2019 will allow for an additional 200,000 hours of occupational integration work to be carried out by 2025.

*AVICCA (Association des Villes et Collectivités pour les Communications électroniques et l’Audiovisuel – “Association of Cities and Communities for Electronic Communications and Audiovisual Media”).).


Formed in 2007, the ADN Mixed Association brings together the Région Auvergne Rhône-Alpes, the two Departments of Ardèche and Drôme, and the region’s 27 EPCIs (Communities of Communes and Conurbation Communities), and leads the region’s public digital development policy.

The ADN Association launched an ambitious project for the construction of over 310,000 FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) connections throughout the region’s 636 communes (64 of which will be dealt with by the private Plan France Très Haut Débit framework), which will provide coverage for 97% of households within the next 8 years.

The ADTIM FTTH Public Service Delegation—comprising ADTIM (95.3%), Axione (3.9%), and Bouygues Energies & Services (1%)—was selected by ADN in 2016 to operate the public FTTH network.

Within this framework, the ADTIM FTTH delegation’s missions include:

  • Marketing the FTTH network to Internet Service Providers (ISPs)
  • Connecting end users (households, businesses, or administrations) as soon as they have subscribed to a fibre package with an operator
  • Ensuring the maintenance of the network

a comprehensive solution that is high-performance, economical, and environmentally friendly.

In order to provide highly secure, superfast connectivity to park customers, our experts used the POL (Passive Optical LAN) solution to install network infrastructure connecting 850 villas throughout the Center Parcs Bois aux Daims resort (incl. technical sites and public areas) in the Vienne department in Nouvelle-Aquitaine. As a result, all holiday-makers will benefit from full network coverage in their accommodation with a superfast connection providing access to several services, including television, WiFi, and internet.


Passive Optical LAN is based on passive fibre optic point-to-multipoint architecture, and is a high-performance, economical, and environmentally friendly solution. This network is supervised by the Pau supervision centre and provides a comprehensive solution combining a complete set IT technologies on the same network.

This technology requires very little equipment. The aim is to minimise the number of technical facilities located throughout the park. The boxes installed in each park villa are highly energy efficient and free up 90% of the floor space taken up by conventional equipment.


As well as being shared, some of the equipment used is passive, so it needs no electrical supply. As the traffic aggregation is only passive, its energy consumption is significantly reduced compared to other solutions—by 30 to 50%.

This particular operation embodies Axione’s desire and commitment to reduce energy consumption throughout all of the projects it is involved in.

Axione’s technological expertise allows for the provision of a comprehensive solution providing connectivity across the whole of the Center Parcs site, while also meeting user needs.

states Eric Tournois from the Sales Department for Managed Services for Regions

The long-term objective is to continue digital rollout for regions while combining these new technological advances with current environmental challenges.


POL is a passive point-to-multipoint fibre optic architecture used for smaller areas such as buildings or campuses

The advantages: A high-performance, economical, and environmentally friendly solution:
– Increased security: data encryption
– The facilities used provide significant digital coverage These are actually placed 20km apart
– The architecture can be adjusted to suit the project (connection of new campuses, speed increases, etc.)
– Allows for a 40% reduction in energy consumption
– Frees up 90% of floor space
– Reduces cabling costs and volume

To read our other news :

  • 3 questions for Gaëtan Nicolas on the “Safety Captain” initiative

  • Axione deploys a top-quality mobile network at the new La Samaritaine department store

News release

To address the challenge of local digitalisation in France, Vauban Infrastructure Partners – an affiliate of Natixis Investment Managers – and Axione have announced the launch of Vauban Infra Fibre. The new platform will consolidate existing or newly deployed infrastructure for the marketing of fiber networks to telecoms operators.

The COVID-19 pandemic and its consequences have, in many ways, led to economic upheaval. It has reminded us of the key role that digital technology and its applications play in maintaining the continuity of our economic and social lives. Digital infrastructure is essential for ensuring this continuity across as many local communities as possible. It provides individuals and businesses with equal access to digital tools which contribute to resilience, innovation and economic development.

The digitalisation of communities is a major challenge, ranking among the priorities set out by the French government in its economic recovery plan. Vauban IP, an investment fund with strong historic presence in infrastructure financing, and Axione, a pioneer in digital development, have joined forces to create Vauban Infra Fibre, a platform that will consolidate existing and newly deployed digital infrastructure across France, in both urban and rural communities, as well as in medium density areas.

Vauban Infra Fibre’s unique, universal offering sets it apart. As a shared infrastructure platform, it is open to all operators. This is what has made the French model a success: a single infrastructure available to all operators, in order to maximise digital coverage at national level. A total of 11 million FFTH connections are already planned. This major project involves a €6 billion investment plan of which €4.3 billion has already been committed, a reflection of Vauban IP and Axione’s interest in this strategic niche with a promising future.

Did you know that ?

Vauban IP and Axione have worked together in past to successfully finance and roll out numerous digital networks. They were pioneers in the Public Initiative Networks market following the first ADSL concessions over ten years ago. The success of their partnership resides first and foremost in a shared philosophy: investing in developing essential infrastructure for local development which in turn allows them to expand the ranges of useful services available to all, all while taking account of the interests of all stakeholders.

About Vauban Infrastructure Partners Vauban Infrastructure Partners is a leading Infrastructure Asset Manager focused on the European core infrastructure investments. Based in Paris & Luxembourg, it employs 35 professionals working together since a decade. Vauban targets predominantly brownfield midmarket sustainable investments pursuing a long-term yield driven strategy matching the underlying nature of assets and long-term commitment to all stakeholders’ interest through a strong focus on creating sustainable value. Vauban has raised €3.0 billion across 5 funds in Core infrastructure from over 40 investors within 10 different countries; and has realized over 50 investments in transport, utilities, social & digital infrastructure across 8 different geographies.

About Natixis Investment Managers
Natixis Investment Managers serves financial professionals with more insightful ways to construct portfolios. Powered by the expertise of more than 20 specialized investment managers globally, we apply Active Thinking® to deliver proactive solutions that help clients pursue better outcomes in all markets. Natixis Investment Managers ranks among the world’s largest asset management firms1 with $908.9 billion / €828.4 billion assets under management2. Headquartered in Paris and Boston, Natixis Investment Managers is a subsidiary of Natixis. Listed on the Paris Stock Exchange, Natixis is a subsidiary of BPCE, the second-largest banking group in France. Natixis Investment Managers’ affiliated investment management firms include AEW; Alliance Entreprendre; AlphaSimplex Group; DNCA Investments;3 Dorval Asset Management; Flexstone Partners; Gateway Investment Advisers; H2O Asset Management; Harris Associates; Investors Mutual Limited; Loomis, Sayles & Company; Mirova; MV Credit; Naxicap Partners; Ossiam; Ostrum Asset Management; Seeyond; Seventure Partners; Thematics Asset Management; Vauban Infrastructure Partners;Vaughan Nelson Investment Management; Vega Investment Managers;4 and WCM Investment Management. Additionally, investment solutions are offered through Natixis Investment Managers Solutions, and Natixis Advisors offers other investment services through its AIA and MPA division. Not all offerings available in all jurisdictions. For additional information, please visit Natixis Investment Managers’ website at im.natixis.com | LinkedIn: linkedin.com/company/natixis-investment-managers.
Natixis Investment Managers’ distribution and service groups include Natixis Distribution, L.P., a limited purpose broker-dealer and the distributor of various U.S. registered investment companies for which advisory services are provided by affiliated firms of Natixis Investment Managers, Natixis Investment Managers S.A. (Luxembourg), Natixis Investment Managers International (France), and their affiliated distribution and service entities in Europe and Asia. 1 Cerulli Quantitative Update: Global Markets 2019 ranked Natixis Investment Managers as the 17th largest asset manager in the world based on assets under management as of December 31, 2018. 2 Assets under management (“AUM”) as of March 31, 2020. AUM, as reported, may include notional assets, assets serviced, gross assets, assets of minority-owned affiliated entities and other types of non-regulatory AUM managed or serviced by firms affiliated with Natixis Investment Managers. 3 A brand of DNCA Finance. 4 A wholly-owned subsidiary of Natixis Wealth Management.