A report released by Arcep, France’s telecom regulator, has revealed that service providers overall added 2.1 million new IPTV subscriptions in France as of the end of March, reaching a total of 11.4 million subscribers.
French consumers are largely purchasing IPTV as part of a broadband bundle. Almost 60 per cent of France’s ADSL connections include a TV service.
DSL access continues to be the dominant broadband access portal in France, representing 95 per cent of the country’s total broadband connections. However, “very high speed” broadband, including 138,000 FTTH subscribers, now reaches 516,000 customers.
As of the end of March 2011, France had 21.8 million subscribers, an 8 per cent or 460,000 rise in new lines, over 2010.