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France: Free (Illiad) FTTH investment September 12, 2006

Posted by Jasper in broadband.

French alternative broadband provider Free, subsidiary of the Illiad Group, announced yesterday a FTTH rollout. As of the first half 2007, Free plans to offer its Parisian subscriber base access to its optical fiber network before progressively rolling the service out to certain towns in the suburbs and selected neighborhoods in provincial cities.

This deployment will require an investment of € 1 billion through 2012. Project funding will be covered by the group’s cash position and free cash flows generated by existing business. Over 10 million French customers, representing more than 4 million connection points, will be eligible by 2012.

For € 29.99/month, subscribers will have access to optical fiber links via a fixed subscription including:

  • 50-Mbit/sec high-speed Internet access;
  • Unlimited phone calls to fixed lines in France and to some international destinations;
  • An HDTV offering; and
  • Provision of the Freebox Optical terminal.

Sounds pretty reasonable to me.

In a seperate press release Free says it also will open up its FTTH network to other operators.

Visit Illiad Group.



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