Communiqué de presse

ARCEP welcomes the agreement between Bouygues Telecom and SFR on optical fibre rollouts in high-density areas.

Paris, 10 December 2010

This morning, Bouygues Telecom and SFR announced (1) that they had signed a co-investment agreement for optical fibre rollouts in certain municipalities located in high-density areas in France.

This agreement is the expression of a new entrant's (Bouygues Telecom) proactive approach and capacity to invest in a lasting fashion in ultra-fast broadband fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure, and so confirming the relevance of the regulatory choices introduced by ARCEP in the decision it adopted late last year (2).

In the coming days, ARCEP will be adopting a corollary decision whose purpose is to define the main rules governing ultra-fast broadband FTTH rollouts in the entire country, outside of high-density areas. This will provide the French market with a complete regulatory framework for ultra high-speed optical fibre deployments that will allow stakeholders to extend their investments to the whole of France.

(2) Decision no. 2009-1106 of 22 December 2009 (pdf - 367 Ko) ( English version) Smiley

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