Mapping broadband in France

Broadband Coverage in Europe in 2012 - key results for France

One of the European Union’s most ambitious targets is to make sure that all its citizens can get access to superfast broadband at home, if they choose, by 2020. A new study by Point Topic shows France is now over 24% towards achieving that aim.

National coverage by broadband technology

The results presented for France need careful interpretation and the notes on the source for the data give more background on the data that has been provided.

France was ahead of the European Union average for standard and standard fixed broadband measures, particularly in rural areas. But it was some way behind for NGA services – with 24.2% of households covered it was in the bottom four countries for the study overall.

France broadband coverage by technology combination

France broadband coverage by technology combination – BCE 2012

The data assumes that DSL services were available to nearly all households and most rural households at the end of 2012. The coverage reported here is not an exact interpretation of households passed by DSL services, and it is important to note the caveats within the notes at the end of this chapter.

HSPA services were also found to be available to nearly all householdss – and so the combination of HSPA coverage and our estimate for DSL coverage results in higher than average coverage for standard and standard fixed broadband services.

By the end of 2012 France had no VDSL services and lower than average cable coverage. The best estimate available is that Docsis 3 was available through more than 80% of the cable network, providing around 20% coverage overall. Note that this is an estimate and precise data is not available. FTTP was then available to approximately 6.5% of households (again, please refer to the notes for the precise interpretation of this figure).

The net result is that overall NGA coverage in France is low compared to the rest of the EU. As one of the EU’s largest countries, this has a big impact on the results presented for the EU 27 as a whole.
Whilst DSL was believed to cover most of France’s rural areas at the end of 2012, NGA provision was limited – we estimate that less than 1% of the 5 million rural households in France could access NGA servicesin the same period.

France total broadband coverage by technology

France total broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

France rural broadband coverage by technology

France rural broadband coverage by technology – BCE 2012

Regional coverage by broadband technology

Standard fixed broadband coverage was uniform across France. Paris and its suburbs reached 100% in 2012, while the rest of mainland France had 95% coverage or higher, as did the overseas departements. The only exceptions were Creuse, a rugged and rural departement in the heart of the country, and Meurthe-et-Moselle. Both areas reported just under 95% standard fixed broadband coverage as a result of lower DSL coverage.

NGA in France forms a complicated patchwork. Paris and its closest suburbs enjoyed 100% coverage, but forty-two departements had no NGA coverage recorded at all, including three outside mainland France. In general, it is the most urban areas across France which were reporting the highest NGA coverage.

France standard broadband coverage map

France standard broadband coverage map

France NGA broadband coverage map

France NGA broadband coverage map

Data tables for France

Find out more

Point Topic maps broadband coverage in every square kilometre across Europe. For more details, please visit the Broadband Competition Map of Europe page or contact Tim Johnson at tim.johnson@point-topic.com or telephone +44(0)20 3301 3303.

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