The French government has approved a grant for a ‘catch-up’ programme to install high speed broadband networks in French Polynesia, regional news outlet Megazap reports. The project intends to provide the overseas territory with a sustainable and future-proof system to support all telecommunications services. To that end, fixed line incumbent Office of Post and Telecommunications (OPT) will install fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) lines in Tahiti, Taiarapu (East and West), Pirae, Arue, Mahina and Hitia O Tera. The first phase of the programme will see OPT install 8,000 FTTH lines in Tahiti by the end of 2016 and is expected to cost XPF723.2 million (USD8.4 million). Supporting the rollout, the French government has provided a subsidy of XPF238.7 million for the first phase (around a third of the expected cost), whilst a second tranche, understood to be worth around XPF530 million will be provided after 2016.
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