Internet – SFR late in its deployment of fiber optics in Nièvre and Orange lagging behind

“We will have a slight delay in the deployment of our fiber! »

four months later the deadline initially announced, April 2023 instead of December 2022SFR should have completed the connection of some 61,900 homes and business premises

of 264 towns in Nivernais to very high-speed Internet. The operator’s teams are completing a gigantic project opened in the fall of 2020 to bring this new technology to localities not covered by Orange and the Nièvre Numérique joint syndicate

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The most rural Nièvre will be entirely covered by a private investor without costing the local authorities a penny.

“The most rural Nièvre will be entirely covered by a private investor”, rejoices Cyrille-Frantz Honegger, the Center-East regional delegate of Altice France-SFR. “Without costing the local authorities a penny”, he continues, praising the work “carried out very quickly and efficiently” by his teams.

800 km of buried cables

The Internet service provider announces that 58,000 of the 61,900 homes and professional premises (93% of the park) are connectable – and sometimes already connected – to the very high speed offered by it as network builder, but also by Bouygues Telecom , Free or Orange since the law obliges the owner to create an installation compatible with all its competitors.

The 31 optical connection nodes (also called telephone exchanges) are built and operational. 8 of the 168 street cabinets – equipment located between the exchange and the connection box that can be connected to the dwelling – have yet to be commissioned to complete the work.

Cables had to be buried, because there were no pylons in some places and we didn’t want to install any for aesthetic reasons and to guarantee safety on the side of the roads.

“We buried 800 km of cables. There are 70 left,” notes Cyrille-Frantz Honegger. Apart from the consequences of the Covid-19 pandemic, SFR highlights the weight of this civil engineering work to justify the delay in completing its network. “Cables had to be buried, because there were no pylons in some places and we didn’t want to install any for aesthetics and to guarantee safety on the side of the roads. » Originally, SFR was counting on the connection of 66,309 homes and businesses. “It was a theoretical number from the National Institute of Statistics and Economic Studies (Insee). It has been refined with the progress of the project”, specifies the Center-East regional delegate of Altice France-SFR.

Nièvre Numérique has announced that the construction of its very high-speed network will be completed in the first half of 2023. […] 2021

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Orange misses his appointment again

Hard at work since autumn 2015 to build its network in the twelve municipalities of the Nevers conurbation, Orange is also missing its 2022 meeting. The incumbent operator had already missed its end-of-term forecast. site in 2020 and now considers it “difficult to

give a deadline since the habitat has been constantly increasing in recent years”.

An increasing number of homes and businesses to be connected
Between 2021 and 2022, the number of households and businesses to be connected has thus increased, according to him, from 45,600 to 46,700. “It’s like carrying out a construction site for a skyscraper with a new floor to be built each year”, we imagine on the Orange side.

38,000 – or 81% – of these households and businesses in Challuy, Coulanges-lès-Nevers, Fourchambault, Garchizy, Germigny-sur-Loire, Gimouille, Marzy, Nevers, Pougues-les-Eaux, Saincaize-Meauce, Sermoise-sur- Loire and Varennes-Vauzelles can now surf at the speed of light. “The year 2022 has the production record with more than 10,000 sockets made eligible”, rejoices the operator. Ludovic Pillevesseludovic.pillevesse@centrefrance.com

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Internet – SFR late in its deployment of fiber optics in Nièvre and Orange lagging behind


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