FIXED AND MOBILE HIGH-SPEED BROADBAND
- 897 additional municipalities receive 4G coverage and 693 get 4G+
- 14 towns now covered by 4G+ up to 300 Mbps
- 96% of the population in France covered with 4G as of March 31, 2018
- More than 90,000 new fibre connections in 63 municipalities
In March, 897 additional municipalities received 4G coverage and 693 got 4G+
In March 2018, SFR continued the extension of its 4G/4G+ network and remains – according to the French National Frequencies Agency (ANFR)(2) – the provider with the most 4G antennas in service in France (28,929 antennas).
More specifically, throughout this month, 897 new municipalities – for example Tonneins (47) or Saint-Affrique (12) – benefitted from the arrival of 4G coverage, while 693 were able to enjoy 4G+ coverage, for example Carcassonne (11), Agen (47) or Fréjus (83) (Please see list of towns below).
The rapid pace of high speed mobile coverage expansion allowed SFR to cover 96% of the population in France with 4G as of March 31, 2018 and to be well on track to reach 99% of the population in France at the end of 2018.
14 towns are now covered by 4G+ up to 300 Mbps
SFR continues its investments to provide 4G+ 4G+ up to 300 Mbps to its customers, which allows them to enjoy maximum theoretical speeds of up to three times higher than with standard 4G. Already deployed in more than 800 towns (of more than 2,000 inhabitants), this technology is now available in Cugnaux (31) and Comines (59) (Please see list of towns below).
More than 90,000 new fibre connections distributed through 63 municipalities
In March 2018, SFR continued its roll-outs through the country and more than 90,000 homes and business premises were made eligible for fibre(1) connections in 63 municipalities. Among these, 27 are new to the world of fibre, such as Aucamville (31), Chécy (45), Hyères (83), Mutzig (67) or Sotteville-lès-Rouen (76). 36 benefitted from extension of their coverage, such as Anglet (64), Aulnoye-Aymeries (59), Caen (14), Meyzieu (69), Nice (06), Nogent-le-Roi (28) ou Sélestat (67) (Please see list of towns below).
To date, SFR fibre services are available in more than 1,800 French municipalities.
Already equipped with France’s most extensive fibre network (FTTH/FTTB), with 11 million available connections (at the end of 2017), SFR can confirm its leadership and will continue to drive the market thanks to its deployment momentum which will deliver fibre optic coverage into the heart of the country.
Quality of fixed Internet services: Nperf attributes the annual Award(2) for the fastest download speed for fixed Internet connection across all technologies
By performing a speed test on line, everyone can assess the quality of their ADSL, VDSL, cable or FTTH fixed connection. 8,614 million of measurements collected on nPerf.com between January 1st and December 31st have allowed the establishment of a barometer which measures the fixed Internet connection quality in metropolitan France.
Quality of Internet mobile services: SFR N°1 for mobile Internet speeds and usage in rural areas
Besides expanding 4G/4G+ coverage, this massive roll-out made by SFR contributes to the improvement of the mobile network’s quality of service, as confirmed by ARCEP(4) in its annual survey published in June 2017. This report underscores SFR’s momentum in 4G/4G+ and its commitment to provide the best quality of service to as many users as possible in France.
In terms of the quality of voice and SMS services, SFR has returned to the highest level of performance in the country. In rural areas, which account for more than 50% of the country, SFR’s successful strategy has enabled it to become number 1 for mobile Internet speeds and usage.
4G+ and 4G+ up to 300 Mbps are offered at no extra cost to SFR customers with 4G subscriptions and compatible devices. Eligibility for FTTx, mobile coverage and the details of the offers are available on sfr.fr.
(1) Fibre with coaxial or optic terminal, according to eligibility
(2) According to 2017 nPerf Barometer fixed Internet connections: : https://www.anfr.fr/gestion-des-frequences-sites/lobservatoire/
(3) According to the barometer produced by the Agence Nationale des Fréquences (National Frequencies Agency) https://www.anfr.fr/gestion-des-frequences-sites/lobservatoire/
(4) Source July 2017: www.arcep.fr