A digital development pioneer

Founded in 2003, Axione is a key player in connectivity, supporting the development of local areas and business transformation.

With 2,900 employees and 50 sites across France, in 2022 Axione posted consolidated turnover of nearly 700 million euros. Axione is jointly owned by Equans (Bouygues group) and Vauban Infrastructure Partners (BPCE group).

Axione’s story:


Axione is launching its corporate project (Axione 5), expanding its range of services (building interconnections, IoT/LoRa, video protection, private corporate networks, etc.), creating regional offices closer to its customers and further accelerating the digitalisation of its activities.


Axione reached one million FTTH subscribers on its networks.


Société du Grand Paris chooses the Axione-Siemens-Atos consortium for the multi-service network on lines 15, 16 and 17 of the Grand Paris Express public transport system.


Vauban and Axione created Europe’s largest independent investment platform to accelerate the digitalisation of local and regional authorities.


Vauban acquired a stake in Axione. Oise became Europe’s first département with fibre connections.


Axione was the first public initiative network operator to bring together all providers: Free, Orange, SFR and Bouygues Télécom all joined the FTTH networks operated by Axione.


Axione was now a key player in the “France THD” fibre investment plan with the award of the first 100% fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) public initiative networks in Aisne and Loire. This momentum continued over the following years with the signing of other public service delegation contracts: Nord/Pas-de-Calais region, Indre, Cher and Nouvelle Aquitaine.


After winning new public service contracts in Ardèche, Drôme, Hautes-Pyrénées, Finistère and Vaucluse, Bouygues Télécom joined SFR on all the networks operated by Axione. In 2013, the number of ADSL subscribers passed the 250,000 mark.


Axione set up Europe’s first-ever telecoms infrastructure financing organisation:  Axione Infrastructure. It was founded with two majority shareholders: Caisse des Dépôts and Vauban.

2004 – 2008

Axione was awarded a number of public service delegation contracts which shook up the telecoms infrastructure market: in 2004 the Société Paloise du Très Haut Débit and Sartel in Sarthe; Axione Limousin, Lotim Télécom (Loire) and GO Télécom (Le Havre metropolitan area) in 2005; and ADTIM in Drôme Ardèche in 2008.


In anticipation of the 2004 French law to support confidence in the digital economy, Axione was set up by 5 “serial” entrepreneurs to provide a shared fibre-optic network solution on a market where the major commercial operators were not present.