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SFR and fiber optics

The development of high-definition television, networked video games and 3D, along with increasing data transfer and connectivity needs, requires massive Internet bandwidth and the deployment of fiber-optic broadband networks; in the future, it is likely that fiber will replace other Internet access networks such as ADSL or cable. SFR aims to give its customers access to all these services at home, at work, in public places or out of the country – thus enabling them to consult their content at any time and via a wide range of devices.

SFR is therefore ramping up for the development of fiber for both individuals and businesses, and has concluded two important partnerships, one with France Telecom-Orange and the other with Bouygues Telecom. In November 2011, France Telecom-Orange and SFR signed an agreement to deploy fiber optics in France outside densely populated areas. This highly structured agreement covers 11 million homes, including 9.8 million in urban areas where the two operators’ deployment projects overlapped. Each party to the agreement has committed to covering all municipalities within five years of the beginning of the rollout. Fiber-optic coverage of the Rouen, Nantes, Orléans and Toulouse urban communities has already been announced.  

In December 2010, SFR and Bouygues Telecom had also announced a co-investment agreement covering deployment of fiber optics in certain municipalities in densely populated areas. The two operators made the identical choice of GPON technology, which allow them to share their investments and pool the horizontal fiber-optic networks deployed between their points of presence and each multi-family dwelling in the municipalities selected.    I

In 2011, SFR opened up 45 cities for marketing. For 2012, it has planned on opening up 24 new cities for marketing and the exclusive deployment of 23 towns in less densely populated areas.  

SFR thus continues to invest in this difficult economic environment. In 2011, SFR invested €1.6 billion in ultra-high-bandwidth infrastructures for both landline and mobile service in France. An annual investment program of €150 million was also established in 2008.  

The quality and performance of its networks make a real difference for its operator, business and individual customers.

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