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Orange: €26m FTTH non-compliance fine

French telecom regulatory body Arcep has sanctioned telco Orange, fining it €26 million for non-compliance with the first deadline of its FTTH commitments in the AMII zone, which comprises private initiatives in moderately dense zones. Orange has responded by planning to take the State Council to court in order to overrule a sanction it deems […]

November 9, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Report: Netflix dominates French Internet traffic

Netflix accounted for 19.7 per cent of French Internet traffic in 2022 according to comms regulator Arcep’s annual report on the State of the Internet in France. The breakdown by origin of traffic to customers shows that the top five companies also include Google, Akamai, Meta and Amazon and represent 54 per cent of traffic. […]

July 7, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: 4.7m new FTTH lines in 2022

The pace of fibre to the home (FTTH) deployment has been continuing at a steady pace, despite sizeable regional disparities, according to French telecom regulator Arcep’s latest ‘scorecard’ for the fixed broadband and superfast broadband market. The report finds that 4.7 million new FTTH lines were deployed over the course of 2022, including 1.3 million […]

March 10, 2023From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Data: French FTTH adoption rises

Figures from France’s telecoms regulator Arcep reveal the rate of fibre to the home (FTTH) deployment and adoption remained high in the first quarter of 2022. ROLLOUTS: The overall rate of deployment slowed in Q1 while remaining solid, with 1.1 million new FTTH lines deployed over the course of the quarter – Over the course […]

June 14, 2022By Colin Mann

France opens up to Starlink

The Starlink broadband network has regained permission to operate in France following a public consultation in the country, with telecoms regulator Arcep granting a 10-year licence to operate. There have been a number of highly-vociferous objectors to the Elon Musk-owned service being allowed to operate in France. Arcep had previously approved in February 2021 Starlink’s […]

June 8, 2022By Chris Forrester

France: 14.5m fibre access lines

There were a total 14.5 million active fibre access lines in France at the end of 2021, which represents a year-on-year increase of 4.1 million, according to telecoms watchdog Arcep’s 2021 annual Observatory. For the first time, there were more active fibre-based broadband and superfast broadband lines than copper network DSL-based ones (14.4 million. Among […]

May 26, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

France: Starlink ban could be reversed

French regulator Arcep (which is the authority for the regulation of electronic communications) says it will now hold public hearings on SpaceX’s request to operate its Starlink broadband-by-satellite service over France. The regulator has been criticised for issuing operational licences to Starlink (in February 2021) without holding obligatory public hearings. Arcep now says it invites […]

April 11, 2022By Chris Forrester

France forces Starlink closure

France’s highest administrative court, the Conseil d’Etat, has revoked Elon Musk’s Starlink licence to operate in the country. The ruling is based on French frequency rights granted in February 2021 to SpaceX’s Starlink last year and issued to the broadband service by regulator Arcep. Starlink will have to cease to operate in France. The Conseil […]

April 7, 2022By Chris Forrester

France: Media regulator Arcom launches  

Born out of a merger between TV regulatory body the Conseil supérieur de l’audiovisuel (CSA) and online anti-piracy authority Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet (Hadopi), the new French media regulator Arcom came into being on January 1st. The new watchdog is overseen by Roch-Olivier Maistre, former […]

January 5, 2022From Pascale Paoli-Lebailly in Paris

Canal+ pledges €600m to France film industry

France broadcaster Canal+ will be able to show its films six months after cinema release for an exclusive nine-month window. The films will air on the Canal+ and Cine+ channels The pay-TV giant has also reaffirmed its position as France’s biggest film backer following a deal with the country’s producer guilds (BLIC, BLOC and ARP) […]

December 3, 2021