- 128,000 new homes and businesses eligible for fiber connections(1)
- 435 more municipalities covered by 4G/4G+
- Launch of Ultra-High-Speed mobile in Brest and in the ten stadiums of the Euro 2016
Fiber: 128,000 new connections in 44 municipalities
In May 2016, 128,000 new homes and business premises were made eligible for fiber connections in 44 municipalities across France. Five of these are new to the world of fiber, including Daix, Lagord and Orry-la-Ville, while 39 benefited from extensions of their coverage, including Annecy, Caen, La Rochelle, Sète, Strasbourg and Tourcoing (see the list at the end of this release).
Since January 2016, SFR brought its fiber services to more than 100 new municipalities and now serves a total of more than 1,200 French cities.
France’s leading FTTH/FTTB provider with more than 8.1 million eligible connections(1), SFR, thanks to its massive investments, intends to stay ahead with its rollout plan to reach 12 million eligible connections in 2017, 18 million in 2020 and 22 million in 2022.
According to regulator Arcep, SFR provides France’s fastest hookup to the fiber network
In its latest report on the quality of the connection to fixed-line services(2), Arcep confirmed that SFR is the operator that connects customers to the fiber network in the shortest period of time. Indeed, SFR is number 1 according to five of the regulator’s six criteria measuring the wait for a fiber connection(3). In addition, the report confirms once again the reliability of SFR’s fiber network(3), which has the least malfunctions after the 30 days following the service’s provision.
435 more municipalities covered by 4G/4G+
France’s first operator to launch 4G, SFR continues to extend its coverage across the country and has been – since the last quarter of 2015 – the operator that lit up the most new 4G sites. In particular, in May 2016, SFR opened up 509 new 4G sites for business, i.e. more than twice as many as each of its competitors (source: ANFR).
In May, this acceleration of the deployment brought 4G to 422 new municipalities, including Bar-le-Duc, Mennecy, Sarrebourg and Vitry-le-François. In addition to this increasingly tightly meshed 4G network, SFR further extended its 4G+ network in May with 13 new municipalities covered, including Saint-Denis, Torcy and Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle (see lists at the end of this release).
With 4G+, SFR can deliver a theoretical maximum speed of 187.5 Mbps, ensuring a superior user experience and increased quality of service (faster downloads, easy access and sharing of HD content on the move).
In May, SFR introduced Ultra-High-Speed mobile in Brest and at the ten stadiums of the Euro 2016
In May, SFR reached a new, ambitious milestone by lighting up Ultra-High-Speed mobile in Brest and at the ten stadiums of the Euro 2016 football championship. By the end of the year, SFR’s customers in some twenty large cities will enjoy considerable higher speeds and make the most of digital services on the move.
An evolution of the 4G standard, Ultra-High-Speed mobile (also known as 4G Triple Carrier Aggregation or 4G++) delivers, through the aggregation of three 4G frequency bands (LTE 800MHz, LTE 2600MHz and LTE 1800MHz), maximum theoretical speeds of up to 337.5 Mbps, three times higher than standard 4G. Users enjoy unmatched speeds and browsing comfort on the move.
In addition, Ultra-High-Speed mobile delivers higher average speeds to all 4G customers in the areas covered. Indeed, rolling out 4G in the additional frequency band (LTE 1800MHz) increases the 4G’s network total capacity and therefore the speeds its provides. With the arrival of Ultra-High-Speed mobile, 4G customers automatically enjoy a considerably superior quality of service and browsing experience (see the press releases of May 26, 2016 and June 6, 2016).
4G+ and Ultra-High-Speed mobile are available at no extra cost to SFR customers with 4G subscriptions and compatible terminals.
Eligibility for fiber, 4G/4G+ coverage are available on sfr.fr.
“This sixth report on our monthly fiber, 4G/4G+ and now Ultra-High-Speed mobile deployments is another opportunity to illustrate the actual results of our investments: the extension of our fixed and mobile networks for the benefit of our customers,” said SFR’s CEO, Michel Combes.
Fiber – May 2016
The five new municipalities covered by SFR’s fiber network in May 2016:
Coye-la-Forêt, Daix, Lagord, Orry-la-Ville and Urmatt.
The 39 municipalities where the fiber coverage has been extended in May 2016
Alençon, Annecy, Bordeaux, Caen, Cenon, Cesson-Sévigné, Chenôve, Cognac, Cran-Gevrier, Déville-lès-Rouen, Épernon, Hem, La Queue-en-Brie, La Rochelle, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Laval, Limoges, Lorient, Lyon, Marseille, Montrouge, Mouy, Nice, Paris, Périgny, Pontoise, Quimper, Roanne, Saint-Barthélemy-d’Anjou, Saint-Chamond, Saint-Herblain, Sannois, Sète, Strasbourg, Talant, Toulouse, Tourcoing, Troyes, Vélizy-Villacoublay.
4G / 4G+ – May 2016
The new towns of more than 2,000 inhabitants covered by SFR’s 4G network in 2016
Asnières-sur-Oise, Aze, Bagnoles-de-l’Orne, Bailleul-sur-Thérain, Bar-le-Duc, Bieville-Beuville, Boran-sur-Oise, Bourbon-l’Archambault, Brecey, Bresles, Buis-les-Baronnies, Ceyreste, Château-Gontier, Châtel-saint-germain, Checy, Clérieux, Coye-la-forêt, Dolomieu, Edern, Etain, Eyzin-Pinet, Fains-Veel, Fleury, Florensac, Fuveau, Hermes, La Charité-sur-Loire, La Chatre, La Ferté-Macé, La Forêt-Fouesnant, La Grand-Croix, La Souterraine, La Tour-du-Pin, Lamorlaye, Le Bar-sur-Loup, Le Beausset, Le Mesnil-en-Thelle, Le Revest-les-Eaux, L’Horme, L’Isle-Adam, Louvigné-du-Désert, Marly, Mennecy, Montblanc, Morbier, Neuilly-en-Thelle, Noailles, Nogent-le-Rotrou, Nyons, Pargny-sur-Saulx, Parmain, Plomelin, Pomerols, Presles, Renaze, Rethel, Saint-Hilaire-du-Harcouët, Saint-James, Saint-Leu-d’Esserent, Saint-Martin-du-Tertre, Saint-Thibery, Sarrebourg, Sermaize-les-Bains, Suippes, Tesse-la-Madeleine, Venarey-les-Laumes, Vitry-le-Francois, Yssingeaux.
List of the new municipalities with 4G+ coverage in May 2016
Bétheny, Combleux, Harfleur, Lagny-Sur-Marne, Lésigny, Louveciennes, Maizières-Lès-Metz, Réau, Saint-Denis, Saint-Jean-de-la-Ruelle, Torcy, Villebon-Sur-Yvette et Villiers-Le-Bâcle.
(1)by the number of homes eligible for fiber connections with coaxial or fiber terminations, depending on eligibility.
(2)Arcep’s summary on the quality of access to fixed-line services:www.arcep.fr/uploads/tx_gspublication/QoS-acces-services-fixes-synth-avril2016.pdf
(3)FTTB: Fiber-To-The-Building, also called FTTLA in this survey.