The french very high-speed broadband plan
Rolling out very high-speed broadband service across France
Launched in spring 2013, the French Very High-Speed Broadband Plan (Plan France Très Haut Débit) seeks to ensure that the entire country is covered by cutting-edge digital infrastructure, the digital transition’s backbone.
Specifically, the Plan calls for bringing very high-speed broadband service to every home, business and government office in France by 2022. A mapping tool tracks its progress: the National High-Speed Broadband Monitoring Centre
To read about the current state of the project, the latest brochure about the Plan.
A shared investment
To reach its goal, the Plan is making a 10-year, €20-billion investment shared by private service providers, local authorities and the Government.
Private service providers install private FttH (“Fiber to the Home”) networks in metropolitan areas and departmental capitals.
Local authorities install public networks outside metropolitan areas to fill the gaps left by private networks.
The Government is providing financial support for local authorities’ projects by:
- Releasing €3.5 billion in subsidies
- Making available long-term loans (up to 40 years) at very low rates (the livret A rate + 1%) by drawing on regulated savings deposits.
Programmes to provide “dead zones” with mobile coverage
Complementing the French Very High-Speed Broadband Plan, The French Digital Agency manages two programmes to provide so-called dead zones with mobile phone and Internet coverage (at least 3G):
- The “urban out-of-range” programme provides every town centre in metropolitan France with mobile coverage.
- The call for “800 strategic sites” project aims to bring mobile coverage to areas of economic and tourism development.
Visit the French Very High-Speed Broadband France website: francethd.fr