Report: France's multiplay success drives FTTH interest

OCTOBER 29, 2009 -- By 2014, 50% of households in France will subscribe to a triple-play offer as operators invest in FTTH to stay competitive, according to the latest report from Pyramid Research.

OCTOBER 29, 2009 -- By 2014, 50% of households in France will subscribe to a triple-play offer as operators invest in FTTH to stay competitive, according to the latest report from Pyramid Research, the telecom research arm of the Light Reading Communications Network.

"France: Multiplay Success Drives FTTH Interest" offers a profile of the country's converged telecommunications, media, and technology sectors based on proprietary data from the firm's research in the French market. The report provides competitive analysis of both the fixed and mobile sectors, tracks the market shares of technologies and services, and monitors the introduction and spread of new technologies, such as WiMAX, IPTV, and VoIP. It analyzes key trends, evaluates near-term opportunities, and assesses upcoming risks factors. Download an excerpt of this report.

"Pyramid forecasts that 30% of households in France will subscribe to a triple-play offer by the end of 2009, a number we expect to increase to almost 50% by 2014," says Jan ten Sythoff, EMEA manager at Pyramid Research and author of the report. "Pyramid expects quad-play adoption to gradually increase to make up 3% of households by 2014," he adds.

Fixed-mobile convergence will become an increasingly important competitive focus over the next couple of years, according to the analyst firm. "On the fixed side, investments into fiber will be key to maintaining a strong position in the fixed broadband sector; the development of FTTH is a key issue, and ARCEP, the regulator, is promoting cooperation in order to drive FTTH coverage," Sythoff says. "On the mobile side, competition will increase with the launch of the fourth network, as well as increasing numbers of MVNOs."

Pay TV competition has intensified with the entry of DSL and fiber operators, as content offers and packages are a key differentiator in triple-play bundles. "Orange has also started selling satellite TV as part of its triple-play packages, in order to provide nationwide TV coverage, not possible through its DSL network," Sythoff explains. "Cable operator Numericable is investing in fiber technology, and we therefore expect cable subscriptions to decline."

The report is part of Pyramid Research's Western Europe Country Intelligence Report Series with analysis on market trends, regulatory environments, and competitive dynamics for 60 countries worldwide.


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