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 fibre with a view to promoting 1Gb/s services. Although the cable footprint only reaches about 40% of the population, the dominant cableco SFR Group has upgraded its network to compete with DSL and has itself entered the DSL and fibre markets. SFR 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 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; SFR increases footprint of its 1Gb/s FttP service; broadband subscriber growth remains strong at 5%; Orange extends reach of vectored DSL; DSL subscriber base begins to fall; cable sector accounting for 5% of broadband market by subscribers; success of fibre co-investment deals among operators; report update includes the regulator’s market data to September 2017, operator data to Q3 2017, recent market developments.

Companies mentioned in this report:

Orange, Iliad, SFR, Numéricable, 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 – 2018; 2020; 2022
      • 2.3.1 Notes on scenario forecasts
    • 2.4 Regulatory issues
      • 2.4.1 Government support
  • 3. Hybrid Fibre Coax (HFC) networks
  • 4. Digital Subscriber Line (DSL) networks
    • 4.1 Orange
  • 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 – 2005 - 2014
  • Table 3 – Broadband subscribers by type and penetration – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 4 – Superfast broadband connections – 2011 - 2017
  • Table 5 – Broadband penetration by technology – 2007 - 2016
  • Table 6 – Historic - Internet users and penetration rate – 1995 - 2009
  • Table 7 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2010 - 2018
  • Table 8 – Internet subscribers – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 9 – Historic - Percentage of households with internet access – 1997 - 2009
  • Table 10 – Percentage of households with internet access – 2010 - 2017
  • Table 11 – Forecast broadband subscribers –– 2018; 2020; 2022
  • Table 12 – Cable modem subscribers – 2000 - 2017
  • Table 13 – DSL subscribers – 2000 - 2018
  • Table 14 – Orange DSL subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 15 – Free broadband revenue – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 16 – Free broadband subscribers – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 17 – Free broadband subscriber ARPU – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 18 –SFR broadband subscribers by type – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 19 – SFR broadband homes passed – 2009 - 2017
  • Table 20 – SFR revenue – 2005 - 2017
  • Table 21 – SFR annualised ARPU by broadband service – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 22 – Bouygues Telecom broadband subscribers – 2010- 2017
  • Table 23 – FttP equipped and passed buildings – 2008 - 2017
  • Table 24 – FttP subscribers – 2013 - 2017
  • Table 25 – Orange fibre subscribers – 2006 - 2017
  • Table 26 – Bouygues Telecom fibre subscribers – 2015 - 2017
  • Table 27 – Network shared FttP passed premises by operator – 2015 - 2017
  • Chart 1 – Broadband subscribers by type and penetration – 2003 – 2017
  • Chart 2 – Internet users and penetration rate – 2005 – 2018

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Number of pages 27

Status Current

Last updated 22 Dec 2017
Update History

Analyst: Henry Lancaster

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