The government’s Very High Speed Mission is focusing its work on 100% coverage of the territory with an optical fiber network. Is this really the problem for professional clients?
In view of the existing fiber optic unifi fibre broadband networks, the coverage of the territory appears to be statistically satisfactory. First of all, the networks of the incumbent operators cover many departments and agglomerations. In addition, thanks to the efforts of local authorities via Public Service Delegations (DSP), you can see seen the emergence or activation of a large number of networks over the past decade. This effort has also been made in areas that are often isolated because local authorities were able very early on to assess Very High Speed as a factor of competitiveness and attractiveness and were able to orient their investments.
Support for the deployment of new types of network. This observation does not make it possible to campaign for new deployments. However, it is the choice made by certain operators. And this despite the very heavy investment efforts that this strategy implies.
The reasons are various.
The first motivation is the neutrality of the networks. The work of ARCEP (Regulatory Authority for Electronic Communications and Posts) in this area is remarkable. The directions taken by this body have for several years been promoting healthy competition in a concentrated sector, remember the debate on access to ducts. However, neutrality is a daily struggle and the reality is sometimes a bit out of place. Suddenly, it is strategic for an operator to have its own resources and in particular on the subject of “transport” between local fiber networks. It is thanks to this transport that an operator can offer VPN-type interconnection solutions.
The other motivation is the type of service offered by the operator. Using others’ networks does not allow you to master end-to-end solutions, integrate your technology and innovations, not to mention services.
The mission could work as a priority on the development of its new networks, in connection with a regional planning policy.
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