The national broadband programme of France sets out the targets of ultra-fast broadband access for all households by 2022.

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Summary of broadband development in France

France commits to covering its entire territory with high-speed broadband by 2022. The National Broadband Plan, France Très Haut Débit was published by the French Government in 2013 and updated in 2015.

National broadband strategy and policy

Responsible authorities

Main aims for broadband development

The French broadband target is to guarantee broadband (at least 8 Mbps) for all citizens by 2020 and achieve 100% coverage with 30 Mbps by 2022. France’s broadband targets exceed the DAE, albeit with a longer time frame. France predominantly opts for establishing and widening its broadband network infrastructure through FTTH technology.

Main measures for broadband development

Broadband mapping: the French High Speed Broadband Observatory (Observatoire France Très Haut Débit) is a mapping tool, which allows users to view possible downstream speeds (DSL on copper, coaxial cable and fibre-optic) at household or organization levels.

Other measures: The French Government published a convention agreement on the modalities of FTTH deployment, Modèle de Convention de programmation et de suivi des déploiements FttH 2013 as well as specifications for network development project applications in its broadband strategy (France Très Haut Débit).

A project Digital Cohesion of the Territories (Cohésion Numérique des Territoires) is to start in early 2019 with a budget of up to 100 million euros. The subsidies of up to EUR 150 are directed towards the 6% of the households that are unlikely (according to forecast) to have access to 8 Mbps by 2020.

National and regional broadband financial instruments

French officials expect that the national strategy will require mobilisation of private and public investments of up to EUR 20 billion. The Fund for the Digital Society (Fonds pour la société numerique) provides a combination of public loans and funding to support the roll-out of ultrafast broadband by the French government. Infrastructure projects that are eligible include works on backhaul networks (FTTN), passive fibre optic networks (FTTH), customer access (FTTH), access for public institutions (education, health, public administration), support for Wi-Max and/or satellite receivers as well as feasibility studies for planned roll-out projects.

Data on broadband development and technologies in France

For the latest data on broadband coverage, subscriptions and penetration, coverage of different broadband technologies and costs, check the scoreboard reports and the country reports of the Digital Economy & Society Index (DESI).

Spectrum assignments for wireless broadband

Check the overview for details on harmonised spectrum assignments and consult the study on spectrum assignments in the EU.

National publications and press documents

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Contact information

BCO France (national Broadband Competence Office): Commissariat Général à l’Egalité des Territoires

Address: 20 avenue de Ségur, 75007 Paris, France
Contact via email
Phone: + 33 1 85 58 62 69
Website

Mission Très Haut Débit

Address: 139 rue de Bercy, 75512 Paris Cedex 12, France
Website

Ministry of Economy and Finance, Action and Public Accounts (Ministère de l'Économie et des Finances, de l'Action et des Comptes publics)

Address: 139 rue de Bercy, 75572 Paris, France
Contact via email
Phone: +33 1 40 04 04 04
Website

Telecommunications Regulatory Authority (Autorité de régulation des communications électroniques et des postes)

Address: 7 square Max Hymans, 75730 Paris, France
Contact via email
Phone: + 33 1 40 47 70 00
Website

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