Paris, 4th May 2012
For close to a year now, ARCEP has been developing a cost model that simulates fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollouts based on detailed geographical information. This model makes it possible to supply an initial estimate of the investment needed to deploy a fibre network to the immediate vicinity of all of the residences in a given area. It can therefore serve as an additional tool in the decision-making process for undertakings involved in digital regional development.
At this stage, the model helps obtain cost estimates for FTTH network rollouts for different levels of geographical granularity across the country, with the exception of very high-density areas. The simulated rollouts extend from the optical distribution frame (ODF) to the immediate vicinity of the residences in the area in question.
A model made available to undertakings involved in FTTH rollouts through an online application
This model is being made available as of today to:
- all local authorities and their representative groups;
- State government services (central and decentralised);
- electronic communications operators registered on the list instituted by Article R.9-2 III of the French Postal and electronic communications code (CPCE), concerning FTTH rollouts.
These undertakings can access the model through an online application that enables a fast and simple rendering of the results, in addition to benefitting from the Authority's ongoing improvements and updates.
Procedure for gaining access to the model's web application
Local authorities, State government services and operators involved in FTTH rollouts can request access to the model through the following URL:
It is a three-step procedure:
1. the undertaking downloads the request for access available on the site; completes and signs it and sends it to ARCEP;
2. ARCEP logs the request and creates a dedicated account for the requesting undertaking;
3. the undertaking receives a user name and password by e-mail that allow it to access the model via the online application.