Description / Explanation

Around 75% of the region’s electricity network is underground, and for much of its length is coupled with telephone cable. As long ago as 1997, the RSEIPC started to look into the feasibility of upgrading its communications network to meet the needs of the digital age. The project started in 2005 and is ongoing. Syndicat Electrique Intercommunal Pays Chartrain (RSEIPC) has been in operation for over 80 years, providing electricity services for 71 municipalities South of the French cathedral town of Chartres. The municipalities between them have a population of around 190,000 people, largely rural. In 2005, the SEIPC undertook a technical and economic study, focusing particularly on the remoter parts of the region where needs were being least met. In 2006, the Régie Intercommunale set about planning a coherent strategy to bring fiber to the whole of the Pays Chartrain, resulting in the Céliéno network, which continues to be developed and implemented. The network initially covered 71 municipalities in the Pays Chartrain, an area South of the city of Chartres, but now takes in other locations in the Department of Eure-et-Loir.