French telecoms operator Orange France has launched VDSL2 broadband services across the country, local news agency Generation Nouvelles Technologies reports. According to the article, the service is available to LiveBox Play, Open Play and Open Jet subscribers; the download speeds advertised range between 15Mbps and 50Mbps, depending on the distance between the end-user and the exchange point; the uplink speeds are set at 8Mbps. Orange France, however, clarified that ‘under certain conditions, near the exchange points subscribers can benefit from faster theoretical speeds of up to 100Mbps’.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in July 2013 Orange announced its plans to deploy 5,000 VDSL2 telephone exchanges and thus offer high speed broadband to around 60% of the French population by the end of autumn of 2013. VDSL2 technology is applicable to copper lines and allows a significant increase in the downlink speed in comparison with ADSL. However, due to equipment’s inherent physical limitations, VDSL2 is limited to copper lines whose length does not exceed 1km. These units represent about 16% (around five million) of the total copper lines on Orange France’s network, and are concentrated in areas that do not benefit from fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) rollouts. For lines of greater length, the downlink of VDSL2 is equivalent to the speed provided by ADSL2+.