Orange to Provide Full Connectivity in 9 Cities in France


The French telecom service provider, Orange is planning massive scale deployment of fiber optic broadband networks in nine cities in the country. This will eventually connect all the households and businesses in those cities delivering 100 percent fiber to the home broadband.

According to the French telecom operator, the number of connected devices and screens per household has increased from 4 in 2009 to 6.5 in 2014. This growth is predicted to continue and will reach to 13 screens per household by 2022, indicating a huge demand in the future for high-speed broadband services. Optical fibers are capable of handling such high bandwidth at higher data transmission rates. Deployment of fiber to the home networks is a necessary step in ensuring to maximize the broadband speeds. This is essential to achieve and manage the bandwidth demands.that will be posed by the increase in devices per household.

Orange made plans based on the predicted growth in FTTH Subscribers in France over the next seven years, that up to 2022. The operator is targeting deployment growth of 4 million fiber connected households in April 2015, to 12 million in 2018, and 18 million by 2022. Orange reckons the final roll-outs in 2022 will see nearly 60% of all French households connected directly to fiber and says speeds of up to 1 Gbps are already available to fiber-connected homes.

Legacy copper cables use existing networks to deliver broadband services in many European countries. Providing fiber to the home broadband services to the households and businesses has many engineering and technological challenges at the initial phase. Traditional broadband delivery networks typically utilize existing copper infrastructure in the last mile to deliver connectivity. Traditional copper cabling technology has high levels of loss and low levels of signal quality compared to those delivered by an optical fiber network. The farther the house from the cabinet, quality of service drastically reduces in copper cables but using an optical fiber cable, the quality can be maintained irrespective of the last mile length. Telecom operators are realizing that fiber to the home technology is a must to achieve high-speed broadband services to their subscribers.

By building fiber to the home networks, telecom operators can offer a fiber service boasting superior headline speeds and TV packages, as the fiber infrastructure will enable the delivery of multiple high definition television services, which obviously consume a high amount of data. For that reason, carriers can generate higher revenues if their competitors are unable to match their services. It is a fact that if one carrier deploys fiber to the home service, competitors will follow the suit very quickly. Competitors realize quickly that they will be in a very unfavorable competitive position.

The massive rollout strategy of Orange called “100% Fiber Orange” will deploy across nine major cities across France, including Nice, Lyon, Montpellier, Lille, and Paris.

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