“Val d'Oise Ultra-Fast Broadband Project" is one of the five winners of the European Broadband Awards 2018. The French Val d’Oise Ultra-Fast Broadband project, based on public funding, ensures that all housing, businesses and public sites in the Val d'Oise department have access to ultra-fast broadband services. Two private partners provide wholesale services to retail operators. It has a great social impact, as it directly contributes to eradicating the digital divide by allowing to those living in rural areas access the ultrafast broadband at a lower cost.

Val d'Oise Ultra-Fast Broadband

The project contributes to eliminating the digital divide in the Val d’Oise department by enabling those living in rural areas to have access to the same ultra-fast broadband offers as those in denser areas.

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The Val d’Oise department comprises approximatively 548,000 houses and businesses. The project closes the digital divide in the department, connecting citizens and businesses in its lower density (123.000 premises) and higher density areas (425.000 premises).

The lower density areas are provided with FTTH (Fiber to the home) and FTTO (Fiber to the office) broadband through two Public Initiative Networks (PINs): Debitex and Vortex. These PINs provide wholesale services on a neutral basis, which allow all Internet Service Providers to make their retail services available.

The project also ensures that all public authorities in the department can benefit from dedicated and secure fibre networks. For example, all the primary and secondary schools of the department are being interconnected with a dedicated fibre network, allowing the sharing of educational resources. These types of networks are also being implemented for health sites and public administration, among others.

Connectivity in the higher density areas of the department will be assured by private operators that have committed to deploying FTTH networks without public subsidies. In this way, all citizens and businesses of Val d’Oise will be able to benefit equally, closing the digital divide in the department by ensuring that the most remote areas will not be left behind.
The project is making the area of Val d’Oise more attractive for tourism, residents and business, and is ensuring long-term socio-economic benefits for the area.

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