- 16 municipalities covered by Ultra-High-Speed mobile (or 4G+ UHD)
- 1,578 more municipalities covered by 4G or 4G+
- 73,000 new homes and businesses eligible for fiber connections(1)
16 municipalities covered by Ultra-High-Speed mobile including Grenoble, Metz, Nantes and 11 municipalities in the Paris Region
After Brest, Clermont-Ferrand and the ten stadiums of the Euro 2016 football championship, SFR reached a new, ambitious milestone by lighting up Ultra-High-Speed mobile in 14 additional municipalities. Grenoble, Metz and Nantes are covered. In the Paris Region, Asnières-sur-Seine, Aubervilliers, Boulogne, Clichy, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Montreuil, Montrouge, Palaiseau, Sartrouville, Suresnes and Vitry-sur-Seine are also covered by Ultra-High-Speed mobile.
An evolution of the 4G standard, Ultra-High-Speed mobile (also called 4G+UHD) delivers, through the aggregation of three 4G frequency bands (LTE 800MHz, LTE 2600MHz and LTE 1800MHz), maximum theoretical speeds of 337.5Mbit/s which is three times higher than standard 4G. Users enjoy unmatched speeds and browsing comfort on the move.
With a compatible terminal, the uses are accelerating considerably: a series of 10 episodes downloads in 2 minutes when it takes 6 minutes in 4G, 100 photos in 10 seconds for 30 in 4G.
In addition, the Ultra-High-Speed mobile allows all SFR customers equipped with 4G in the covered area to benefit from an increased average speed. Indeed, the deployment of 4G on a new frequency band (LTE 1800MHz) makes it possible to increase the total capacity of the 4G network and thus the 4G speeds it offers. Thus, with the arrival of Ultra-High-Speed mobile, customers equipped with 4G naturally benefit from a significant improvement in the quality of service and comfort of navigation.
1,578 more municipalities covered by 4G or 4G+
In November, with 1,578 more municipalities covered by 4G or 4G+, SFR kept on massively rolling out its superfast mobile broadband. SFR, the first operator to launch 4G in France, activated the greatest number of new 4G sites over the last twelve months (source: ANFR). Since the end of 2015, SFR more than doubled its network of 4G base stations in France. Firmly committed to densifying its superfast broadband network, SFR will stay on track to cover 90% of France’s population by the end of 2017.
In November, this acceleration of the deployment brought 4G to 1,455 new municipalities, including Maubeuge, Rambouillet and Challans. In addition to this increasingly tightly meshed 4G network, SFR further extended its 4G+ network with 123 new municipalities covered, including Caen, Limoges, Tours and Perpignan (see lists at the end of this release).
Fiber: 73,000 new connections in 53 municipalities
In November 2016, 73,000 new homes and business premises were made eligible for fiber connections in 53 municipalities across France. Twenty of these are new to the world of fiber, while 33 benefited from extensions of their coverage, including Besançon, Gagny and Saint-Herblain (see the full lists at the end of this release).
Since January 2016, SFR brought its fiber services to more than 250 new municipalities and now serves a total of more than 1,300 French cities. SFR is France’s leading FTTB/FTTH provider with more than 9 million eligible connections(1) and – thanks to its massive investments – intends to stay ahead with its rollout plan to reach 22 million eligible connections in 2022.
Regulator Arcep confirms the reliability of SFR’s fiber network
The latest semiannual report on the quality of access to fixed-line services(2) published by telecom authority ARCEP confirms once again the reliability of SFR Group’s FTTB/FTTH networks, which are the least likely to malfunction after the service’s installation. The report also highlights that SFR, with FTTB, offers the shortest wait for a fiber optic connection in the market.
Michel Paulin, SFR Telecom’s CEO explained : « This month again, SFR stays focus and is still mobilized to extend its fixed and mobile superfast broadband at an accelerated pace. We continue to invest massively for the benefit of our customers, both individuals and companies. In November, we lit up Ultra-High-Speed mobile in 14 municipalities, 4G or 4G+ in nearly 1,600 municipalities and 73,000 additional homes and business premises were made eligible for fiber connections. And we will continue in 2017!”
Eligibility to fiber, mobile coverage and details of the service offerings are available on sfr.fr.
4G+ and Ultra-High-Speed mobile are available at no extra cost to SFR customers with 4G subscriptions and compatible terminals.
(1)Number of eligible households with fiber-optic or coaxial terminals, as applicable. 8.9 million eligible connections at the end of September 2016.
(2) The full ARCEP report on the quality of access to fixed line services is available here (in French): http://www.arcep.fr/uploads/tx_gspublication/rapport-QoS-acces-services-fixes-S1-2016-nov2016.pdf
4G and 4G+ – November 2016
Full list of municipalities and stadiums covered by Ultra-High-Speed mobile (4G + UHD):
Asnières-sur-Seine, Aubervilliers, Boulogne, Brest, Clermont-Ferrand, Clichy, Grenoble, Issy-les-Moulineaux, Metz, Montreuil, Montrouge, Nantes, Palaiseau, Sartrouville, Suresnes and Vitry-sur-Seine.
Stadiums : Bordeaux Matmut Atlantique stadium, Lens Bollaert-Delelis stadium, Lille Pierre Mauroy stadium, Lyon Stade des Lumières, Marseille Stade Vélodrome, Nice Allianz Riviera stadium, Saint-Etienne Geoffroy Guichard stadium, Toulouse Stadium, Paris Parc des Princes stadium and Stade de France in Saint-Denis.
The new municipalities of more than 5,000 inhabitants covered by SFR’s 4G network in November 2016:
Argenton-sur-Creuse, Bauvin, Benfeld, Bogny-sur-Meuse, Challans, Champagnole, Changé, Ernée, Feignies, Ferrière-la-Grande, Flers, Gisors, Givet, Jeumont, Le Blanc, Le Quesnoy, Louvroil, Maubeuge, Neuves-Maisons, Nogent-sur-Oise, Pornic, Rambouillet, Revin, Sainghin-en-Weppes, Saint-Nicolas-de-Port, Seclin, Ussel, Verneuil-sur-Avre, Wissembourg.
The new municipalities of more than 10,000 inhabitants covered by SFR’s 4G+ network in November 2016:
Agde, Albertville, Alès, Amboise, Avon, Béziers, Brest, Bouguenais, Bourges, Caen, Carquefou, Castres, Châteaubriant, Cluses, Fontainebleau, Freyming-Merlebach, Hautmont, Hérouville-Saint-Clair, Joué-Lès-Tours, La Chapelle-Sur-Erdre, La Garde, La Riche, Laval, Le Bourget, Limoges, Lons-Le-Saunier, Lunéville, Marck, Maubeuge, Meylan, Narbonne, Orvault, Perpignan, Poitiers, Quimper, Roanne, Royan, Saint-Brevin-Les-Pins, Saint-Cyr-sur-Loire, Saint-Dizier, Saint-Estève, Sainte-Luce-sur-Loire, Saint-Sébastien-sur-Loire, Saint-Nazaire, Savigny-Le-Temple, Solliès-Pont, Soissons, Tergnier, Tours, Vertou, Vierzon.
Fiber – November 2016
New municipalities covered by SFR’s fiber network in November 2016:
Avilly-Saint-Léonard, Barlin, Bassens, Bougival, Calonne-Ricouart, Camblain-Châtelain, Capavenir Vosges, Fleury-sur-Orne, Haillicourt, Houdain, Houx, Indre, Lapugnoy, Maintenon, Marles-les-Mines, Saint-Apollinaire, Saint-Jean-le-Blanc, Saint-Pryvé-Saint-Mesmin, Semoy, Yermenonville.
Municipalities where the fiber coverage has been extended in November 2016:
Amiens, Angers, Bastia, Besançon, Bougival, Bourg-en-Bresse, Bruay-la-Buissière, Caen, Cenon, Clichy-sous-Bois, Floirac, Gagny, Haubourdin, La Celle-Saint-Cloud, La Rochelle, La Seyne-sur-Mer, Laval, Le Mans, Mantes-la-Jolie, Marignane, Mondeville, Nîmes, Oignies, Paris, Pontpoint, Pont-Sainte-Maxence, Ramonville-Saint-Agne, Saint-Cyr-l’École, Saint-Herblain, Strasbourg, Toulouse, Tourcoing, Wattrelos.