Tuesday, October 16, 2007

Telecom Italia France Starts FTTH Trial

Telecom Italia France will test fiber broadband in the 8th and 10th districts of Paris in the next few months. The company's Alice France subsidiary will connect slightly under 500 buildings to reach a target of 2,000 to 3,000 customers for the pilot service. The cost of the project will run in the low millions of euros". Alice France had 87,000 ADSL customers at the end of June, including 59,000 who took up IPTV service. Alice aims to gauge consumer interest in service over 50 Mbps.

Telecom Italia put its toe into the FTTH waters. France Telecom, Free, and Neuf Cegetel in France have all committed to FTTH deployments already. This is a necessary step for Telecom Italia to keep up with its competitors.

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