Orange are launching the commercialization of Fibre deals on the Eure public network
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.”
* 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.
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).
Orange and any other Orange products or services mentioned in this release are brands owned by Orange or Orange Brand Services Limited.
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.
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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.
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Philippe Grosvalet, the President of the Loire-Atlantique Department, announced this Monday, 22nd June, during a session at the Departmental Assembly, the consortium selected to accomplish the objective for 100% fibre coverage by 2025: the public service concession will be led by Axione, in partnership with Vauban.
The objective is to provide all properties within the Loire-Atlantique (i.e. an estimate of approximately 179,000 properties outside the urban areas of Nantes, Saint-Nazaire, and the Guérande Peninsula) with fibre connections by 2025.
This operation will be carried out using entirely private funding; the selected offer does not include any public contribution. That being said, the Department will occupy an important role in providing guidance and assuring coordination. The contract negotiation period made it possible to clarify the partnership terms with the future project company, which will be created specifically in the Loire-Atlantique within the coming weeks. At the end of the 30-year concession, the Department will gain ownership of the entire network. Throughout the contract, it will receive licence fees estimated at at least €160 million.
A coherent and ambitious rollout schedule
As a “neutral” operator (one that does not market anything directly to consumers and businesses, but instead deals with operators) dedicated to communities since 2003, Axione—with the aid of its financial partner Vauban—is the candidate that produced the most coherent, convincing, and ambitious rollout schedule. The latter will be described in detail after the summer holidays, and meetings with communities will be organised.
The Department set three priority areas that the Axione-Vauban consortium intends to deal with, for the most part, from 2023 onward:
Completing fibre rollout in the 60 communes covered by the first phase, which is in progress.
Covering business parks that are not yet connected.
Finalising rollout for the Loire-Atlantique’s main town centres.
Following on from the ongoing first phase
As a reminder, the Loire-Atlantique Department launched an initial rollout phase in 2017 with the aim of providing 114,000 properties with a fibre connection by mid-2022. The future concession guarantees the second phase’s technical and commercial consistency with the first, and the eventual operation of the entire network.
The Department desired a strong cooperative effort in terms of integration and sector development: the Axione-Vauban consortium is committed to 250,000 professional integration hours throughout the course of the contract.
At the height of network construction and property connection works, over 500 jobs will be active as part of this vast development project.
Axione, owned by Bouygues Energies & Services and Vauban Infrastructure Partners, is a leading player in the digital development of rural and urban areas. As a committed partner to the Plan France Très Haut Débit, Axione designs, builds, finances, and operates new generation digital infrastructure (FTTH, 4G, etc.) either for its own account or for local authorities or service operators. Axione operates in all French regions (“very dense” and “less dense” areas [zones très denses; zones moins denses]) and provides network operators with superfast access services for their users by pooling its digital infrastructure, which is open and accessible to all. Over 150 operators use the networks operated by Axione. Axione is a go-to player in digital infrastructure, with over 2,300 employees and a regional agency in Rezé.
Vauban Infrastructure Partners (or “Vauban”) is a management company within the BPCE group that is dedicated to infrastructural investments. Vauban operates in 4 sectors on the European market: digital infrastructure, transport, energy, and social infrastructure. The Vauban team consists of 37 professionals and currently manages over €3.6 billion for over 45 investors, and has made more than 55 investments in eight countries. Partnered with Axione since 2009, Vauban’s activities in the digital sector cover more than 6 million FTTH connections in France.
The Eure Normandie Numérique Joint Association has chosen to place the implementation and operation of the FTTH network in the hands of Axione (in consortium with Bouygues Energies & Services, FIDEPPP 2 and Mirova SP5) within the framework of a Public Service Delegation contract for a duration of 20 years and for a fee of €230.6M.
This is a project which will make the department of Eure even more ambitious and innovative regarding digital practices.
Eure Normandie THD, the company working on Superfast Broadband in Eure, whose shareholders are Axione, FIDEPPP 2, Mirova SP5, and Bouygues Energies & Services, joined by the Banque des Territoires, will be in charge of the technical and commercial operation of the 250,000 FTTH phone line points built by the Joint Association (190,000 points) and partially by the operator (60,000 points). With this operation, inhabitants, companies, and local authorities will have universal access to FTTH by the end of 2021, making Eure a leading department in the creation of Superfast Broadband facilities in the region.
All the main players in the sector positioned themselves on this competitive procedure when Eure Normandie Numérique launched the call for tenders in July 2018. After several months of procedure, Axione was chosen by the elected representatives of Eure Normandie Numérique at the beginning of April, considering its technical, commercial, and financial offer. The FTTH service offering for the people of Eure will be immediate and exhaustive with the operator opening the network to the national commercial operators and to all new operators before the end of
115 jobs to build the network
This project will actively contribute to the region’s attractiveness and competitiveness. The operator company has made strong commitments in terms of employment in planning for almost 115 full time jobs throughout the implementation of the network, in addition to the resources already provided for this work to be carried out. It is estimated that 24,300 integration hours and 3645 training hours will be required for the duration of the project.
Mégalis Bretagne selects a consortium of Axione and Bouygues Energies & Services for a rapid roll-out programme Mégalis Bretagne, the Brittany region fibre network authority, has awarded the contract for the design and roll-out of fibre optic in the Brittany region to a consortium of Axione and Bouygues Energies & Services in phases 2 and 3 of the Bretagne Très Haut Débit project for superfast broadband. 1,100,000 homes, businesses and public amenities in Brittany are concerned, making this the biggest public initiative project for the roll-out of FTTH (fibre to the home) ever carried out in France.
Mégalis Bretagne has now confirmed its intention, first announced several months ago, to speed up the construction of the public fibre optic network in Brittany. A consortium consisting of Axione (lead company) and Bouygues Energies & Services has undertaken to supply all the fibre optic connections for phases 2 and 3 of the du Bretagne Très Haut Débit project by 2026. The annual rate of roll-out will be 100,000 installations built in 2020, rising to 150,000 as of 2021. A detailed schedule of regions to be connected year by year has now been drawn up, and it will be published in the near future.
The investment made by local authorities in Brittany combining under the banner of Mégalis Bretagne will also benefit the regional economy. In the region, businesses in the broadband sector will play a large part in the project. More than 1,000 local jobs will be involved, helping to energise the regional economic and social fabric. The consortium has made firm commitments with respect to professional integration.
Loïg Chesnais-Girard, President of the Regional Council of Brittany, said: “By setting ourselves the challenge of 100% fibre coverage by 2026, Brittany has opted to ensure balanced development throughout the region, resolutely focused on the future. The contract we have signed today with Axione and Bouygues Energies & Services will bring benefit to all the people of Brittany in the shortest time possible.”
The scope of phases 2 and 3 of the project was ratified by a decision of Mégalis Breagne on March 16, 2018, following votes previously taken by all of Brittany’s inter-communal bodies.
Convinced of the impact of digital networks on regional attractiveness and economic development, Axione, a subsidiary of Bouygues Energies & Services (Bouygues Construction Group), and Mirova, a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers (BPCE Group), announced today that Mirova is acquiring a 49% stake in Axione through its general infrastructure funds 1. This strategic alliance will create a leader in financing, constructing, maintaining and operating very high speed infrastructures in France and other countries.
January 31, 2019 – The rollout of FTTH2 and new 4G and 5G radio networks calls for more and more industrial and financial know-how. A leading player in France’s very high speed broadband strategy, Axione has successfully developed a large number of shared optical fibre networks in rural areas, especially public initiative networks. Axione is also increasingly establishing itself as a key partner of mobile operators in designing, rolling out and maintaining their networks. In December 2018, Axione and Mirova extended the model of shared FTTH infrastructure from rural areas to large French cities with the creation of the FTTH infrastructure operator, CityFast.
In view of the growth prospects of the digital infrastructure market and to ensure that Axione has all the resources it requires for its development in France and other countries, Mirova is acquiring a 49% interest in Axione through its general infrastructure funds. Bouygues Energies & Services (a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction) will remain the reference shareholder of Axione with a 51% stake, and will continue to provide operational support.
For the past ten years, Bouygues Energies & Services and Mirova, through its general infrastructure funds, have shared the conviction that open, shared digital infrastructures are the best way of meeting one of the essential needs of all regions. Axione is already committed to achieving as a minimum the installation and operation of 6 million FTTH sockets in France (equivalent to 13 million inhabitants), accessible by all operators, and representing an investment of over €3 billion.
About Axione: Axione, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, is a major player in the planning and development of digital infrastructures for rural and urban communities. A leading player in France’s very high speed broadband strategy, Axione designs, builds, finances and operates new-generation shared digital infrastructure (FTTH, 4G, etc.) for its own projects and for those of local authorities and service operators. Within the context of public initiative networks, Axione operates in the following regions: Hauts-de-France, Brittany, Pays de la Loire, Centre-Val de Loire, Nouvelle-Aquitaine, Bourgogne-Franche Comté, Occitanie, Provence-Alpes-Côte d’Azur, Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Normandy and Corsica. Roughly 150 partner operators use networks operated by Axione. Find out more: www.axione.fr
About Bouygues Energies & Services: Bouygues Energies & Services is a global player in energy, services and digital technologies. From engineering to operations, this Bouygues Construction subsidiary provides tailored solutions and services for infrastructures (energy, telecoms, transport), buildings and industry. Bouygues Energies & Services employs 13,000 people in France, the United Kingdom, Switzerland, Canada and Africa. It generated revenues of €2.6 billion in 2017. Find out more: www.bouygues-es.fr
About Mirova: Mirova is a fund manager focused on responsible investment. Its philosophy is based on the conviction that integrating sustainable development themes can generate solutions that create value for investors over the long term. As pioneers in many areas of sustainable finance, Mirova’s talents will continue to focus on innovating in order to offer customers high-impact solutions tailored to their needs. Mirova is a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers. Find out more: www.mirova.com
1 FIDEPPP2, BTP Impact Local, Mirova Core Infrastructure Fund and Core Infrastructure Fund II 2 FTTH: “Fibre To The Home”
Bouygues Telecom announces a partnership with the Axione/Mirova consortium to roll out FTTH infrastructure in the Very Dense Area. This partnership is based on the model already developed by Axione with local authorities within public initiative networks in rural areas.
Paris, 12 December 2018 – Following a call for tenders by Bouygues Telecom, Axione, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, and its financial partner Mirova have signed a new contract to roll out and operate FTTH in the Very Dense Area. For Bouygues Telecom, this partnership guarantees the financing and roll-out of a horizontal FTTH network comprising an additional 3.4 million premises in the Very Dense Area and provides the expertise of Axione in terms of long-term infrastructure management. Thanks to this deal, Bouygues Telecom completes its FTTH coverage and will thus have access to the entire Very Dense Area by the end of 2021. At the same time, the deal will bring to 6 million the total number of fibre optic premises operated and marketed by Axione in mainland France.
As a result, Axione and Mirova have created CityFast, a network access services provider dedicated to the Very Dense Area. Bouygues Telecom will transfer its existing fibre optic infrastructure in the Very Dense Area to CityFast and will design and roll out CityFast’s future FTTH network. CityFast will guarantee Bouygues Telecom access to its fibre optic network for a term of 30 years. CityFast will also open up this new infrastructure to all other operators. Axione will operate, maintain and market the network on behalf of CityFast.
This new contract, which is based on a model that is completely new in France, forms part of a long-term investment and diversification strategy for Axione/Mirova that might also become a benchmark worldwide.
Christian Lecoq, Bouygues Telecom CFO said:
“This new partnership for the roll-out and operation of our passive infrastructure by a recognised sector player will enable Bouygues Telecom to speed up its FTTH coverage of France and ensure an excellent level of service quality. As a result, we are pursuing our aim of providing very-high-speed internet to as many people as possible.”
Dominique Astier, Deputy Chief Executive Officer of Axione, added:
“Axione is delighted to team up with Mirova to provide Bouygues Telecom, and new market players, access to a fully fibre optic very-high-speed network in the Very Dense Area. We have responsibility for operating, maintaining, and marketing the network which must be able to satisfy local requirements. We are committed to providing this new market with the expertise gained in rural areas in order to contribute to the development and opening up of FTTH infrastructure. We are proud to create this new model, which is the first of its kind in France!”
Gwenola Chambon, Head of General Infrastructure Funds at Mirova, made the following comments:
“This is a genuine future-shaping operation since it opens up this very closed market to alternative operators by providing them with the services they are looking for and which Axione and Mirova are already providing this type of clientele with in rural areas. It is therefore fully in line with our commitment to set-up and invest in very long-term public-interest infrastructure projects that benefit as many people as possible. This is a first for France, which would not have come about without our long-standing partnership with Axione. We are also delighted to provide CityFast with our recognised expertise and experience in digital network infrastructure investment since Mirova has been working in the sector since 2009 alongside Axione within Axione Infrastructures and currently manages its investments in 16 public initiative networks.”
About Bouygues Telecom As a full-service electronic communications operator, Bouygues Telecom stands out by providing its 19.4 million customers access to the best technology has to offer on a daily basis. The very high quality of its 4G mobile network and of its fixed and Cloud services provides customers with simple solutions, enabling them to fully enjoy their digital lives, regardless of their location. Bouygues Telecom is proud of the innovations it has offered to its customers over the last 20 years. It continues to pursue the same strategy of providing new technologies to as many people as possible. #welovetechnology www.bouyguestelecom.fr
About Axione Axione, a subsidiary of Bouygues Construction, is a major player in digital infrastructure and a leading partner of the French government’s very-high-speed Internet roll-out plan. Within the framework of Public Initiative Networks backed by a number of local authorities, Axione designs, builds, finances and operates new-generation shared digital infrastructure. Axione operates in 27 different French departments via 20 very long-term contracts and two services contracts. Axione’s initiative networks represent nearly €2 billion of public/private investment and serve seven million people, 6,500 municipalities and 310,000 businesses. Nearly 150 partner operators use the networks operated by Axione. http://www.axione.fr
About Mirova Mirova is a fund manager focused on responsible investment. Its philosophy is based on the conviction that integrating sustainable development themes can generate solutions that create value for investors over the long term. As pioneers in many areas of sustainable finance, Mirova’s talents will continue to focus on innovating in order to offer customers high-impact solutions tailored to their needs. Portfolio management company – Société Anonyme (public limited company) Registration No. 394 648 216 Paris – Approved by l’Autorité des Marchés Financiers (the French securities regulator) under No. GP 02014 59, Avenue Pierre Mendes France – 75013 – Paris Mirova is a subsidiary of Natixis Investment Managers International Find out more: www.mirova.com
As promised, 80,000 households in France’s Loire department are already eligible for fibre-optic connections, ranking the Loire among the most active departments in the field at national level. The THD42 public high-speed broadband network, constructed and jointly financed by SIEL-Territoire d’Energie (the joint local authority energy and broadband distribution organisation covering the Loire department), is being rolled out in record time with support from central government, the Region, and joint local authority organisations across the Loire department.
With the arrival of operator SFR, inhabitants already connected to the THD42 network will have a choice of seven providers to enable them to benefit from their high-speed broadband connection and the associated services.
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Superfast broadband for everyone: a local priority
For the Pau Béarn Pyrénées urban area authority (CAPBP) in south-western France, commitment to a policy of digital infrastructure development represents a key priority. “Pau Broadband Country”, France’s first full fibre network, was a pioneering project in terms of superfast broadband rollout, making Pau one of the first large French cities to enjoy FTTH (Fibre to the Home) coverage.
The urban area authority will have invested more than €36 million since 2003 in the construction of France’s first public superfast fibre network. The network operation and marketing aspects were initially entrusted to AXIONE via the company Société Paloise pour le Très Haut-Débit (SPTHD), as part of an affermage contract signed in 2003. The contract is set to expire in October 2018.
The network currently includes some 63,000 possible fibre connections, serving around 68% of the 92,000 premises covered within the urban area’s initial scope, before it was extended to 31 further municipalities. Since this extension in January 2017, 67,000 additional premises are to be connected.
New public service concession contract
On 31 May 2018, the urban area authority voted in favour of awarding a new public service concession contract for superfast broadband to the company “La Fibre Paloise”. Set up by a consortium comprising Axione, Bouygues Energies & Services and Axione Infrastructures, La Fibre Paloise will fulfil the project commitments towards the urban area authority. The most immediate challenge facing the company is to continue and finalise the process started under the first concession contract, completing service coverage both from a geographical and marketing point of view. The contract is due to start on 10 October 2018 for a period of 15 years.