Anyone who visits France can see that the French love infrastructure. A long time reader pointed me towards an interesting presentation on the status of FTTH in France. I believe such an endeavor is well suited to the French love of building.
Some interesting points:
- 6.3M Japanese FTTH subscribers, though over half (55%) use VDSL for the last 100m.
- France Telecom (FTE) targeting 1M homes passed by end of 2008, with a 20% take rate. Total investment is 270M Euros or 270 Euros per home passed. This sounds low, and the French have a historical penchant for under-scoping infrastructure projects (see Panama Canal :) )
- Free (Iliad Group) is attempting to pass 4M homes using point to point fiber through Parisian sewers for 1BB Euros. Total cost – $1BB Euros. Again, very cheap. Free planing to unbundle at the Layer 2 level.
- FTTH penetration expected to be double that of VDSL by 2015. This is mostly in Germany. 8 year projections should be taken with a large dose of Brittany Salt.
- Average copper loop length from street cabinet to residence is 300m in Germany and 700m in France. This has a large negative impact on the ability to successfully deploy VDSL in France, only 20% of homes would see speeds above 50Mb/s.
- Oh yeah, GPON all-the-way. Gotta have that quality protocol!
Full .pdf here
Full Disclosure: Gross continental stereotyping in the above post. Also, I am irrationally excited about the election of Sarkozy in France.