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FT to invest EUR2bn in fibre by 2015

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France Telecom (Orange) yesterday announced an ambitious plan to invest around EUR2 billion (USD2.75 billion) between now and 2015 in fibre-optic deployments in highly populated areas of the country (i.e. as defined by the French telecommunications regulator Arcep as zone 1), as well as in other urban areas.
The telco said the decision follows the recent clarification of the regulatory framework for the deployment of very high speed broadband networks. In its release, Orange said it is satisfied that the conditions are now in place for a resumption of its investment in fibre.

The French heavyweight already spends around EUR3 billion per annum in its networks and infrastructure to improve the quality and range of services. It said the new programme would not result in any ‘substantial change to the amount that it will invest in France’, but that a large proportion of the investment would continue to be allocated to the modernisation and maintenance of its networks. The statement went on to say the programme will hopefully benefit from the lessons learned during the group’s pre-deployment phase, which was carried out in conjunction with other operators and overseen by Arcep since 2007. As at 30 September 2009, Orange France had 33,000 customers subscribing to its optical fibre services.

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