France - Fixed Broadband Market - Statistics and Analyses

Synopsis

France has one of the largest broadband subscriber bases in Europe. Growth in recent years has been bolstered by demand for high bandwidth services, which has prompted considerable investment in fibre infrastructure among telcos and regional governments. This has been supported by regulatory measures which have promoted access to Orange’s copper and fibre infrastructure for new entrants, as well as a national broadband program which involves an investment of more than €20 billion. Of this sum, telcos are commercially responsible to building out infrastructure affecting almost 60% of the population, with the balance to be covered by local government initiatives at cost of about €14 billion. Progress in deployment has been rapid, while the take-up rate among consumers has also increased substantially.

DSL still dominates the broadband market in terms of access lines, though the number of DSL lines is falling as customers are migrated to fibre infrastructure. Fibre deployments have grown substantially in recent years, with all of the major ISPs concentrating their investments in the platform with a view to promoting 1Gb/s services. By June 2018 there were almost four million fibre connections, and fibre accounted for half of all superfast broadband connections nationally.

Although the cable footprint only reaches about 40% of the population, the dominant cableco Altice has upgraded its network to compete with DSL and has itself entered the DSL and fibre markets. Altice intends to provide national fibre coverage by 2025.

This report assesses France’s fixed broadband market, focussing on cable, DSL and the fast-developing FttP/C sectors. It reviews the strategies of the principal providers such as Orange, Iliad and Altice (SFR Group), and considers the regulatory status of LLU and access to fibre infrastructure.

Key developments:

  • Government proposes new measures to fill gaps in broadband availability;
  • Altice increases footprint of its 1Gb/s FttP service;
  • Broadband subscriber growth remains strong at 4%;
  • Orange extends reach of vectored DSL;
  • DSL subscriber base continues to fall;
  • Success of fibre co-investment deals among operators;
  • Report update includes the regulator’s market data to June 2018, operator data to Q3 2018, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, Iliad (Free), Altice (SFR Group), Bouygues Telecom

Table of Contents

  • 1. Synopsis
  • 2. Introduction and statistical overview
    • 2.1 Market analysis
    • 2.2 Broadband statistics
    • 2.3 Forecasts – broadband subscribers – 2019; 2021; 2023
    • 2.4 Regulatory issues
      • 2.4.1 Government support
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
  • 5. Fibre-to-the-Premises (FttP) networks
    • 5.1 Introduction
    • 5.2 Statistics
    • 5.3 Orange
    • 5.4 Iliad (Free)
    • 5.5 SFR Group
    • 5.6 Bouygues Telecom
    • 5.7 Municipal projects
    • 5.8 Fibre network sharing
  • 6. Other fixed broadband services
    • 6.1 Broadband Powerline (BPL)
    • 6.2 Fixed wireless (Wi-Fi and WiMAX)
      • 6.2.1 Internet via satellite
  • 7. Related reports
  • Table 1 – Dial-up internet subscribers – 2005 - 2015
  • Table 2 – Dial-up internet traffic – 2004 - 2014
  • Table 3 – Broadband subscribers by platform – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 4 – Superfast broadband connections – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 5 – Proportion of premises covered by superfast broadband networks – 2012 - 2017
  • Table 6 – Superfast broadband connections by platform – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 7 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2007 - 2017
  • Table 8 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 9 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 10 – Internet subscribers – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 11 – Historic - Percentage of households with internet access – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 12 – Percentage of households with internet access – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 13 – Forecast broadband subscribers –– 2019; 2021; 2023
  • Table 14 – Cable modem subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 15 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 16 – Orange DSL subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 17 – Free broadband revenue – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 18 – Free broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2018
  • Table 19 – Free broadband subscriber ARPU – 2013 - 2018
  • Table 20 –SFR broadband subscribers by type – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 21 – SFR broadband homes passed – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 22 – SFR revenue – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 23 – SFR annualised ARPU by broadband service – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 24 – FttP equipped and passed buildings – 2008 - 2018
  • Table 25 – FttP subscribers – 2011 - 2018
  • Table 26 – Orange fibre subscribers – 2006 - 2018
  • Table 27 Free fibre subscribers – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 28 – Bouygues Telecom broadband subscribers – 2010- 2018
  • Table 29 – FttP subscriptions – 2015 - 2018
  • Table 30 – Orange satellite broadband subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Broadband subscribers by platform – 2000 – 2018
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018
  • Exhibit 1 – Principal FttP and FttC (FttLA) deployments

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Last updated 21 Nov 2018
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Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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