French service provider Bouygues Telecom has launched a low cost fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) service, capable of delivering download speeds of up to 400Mbps in selected cities. Locations offering FTTH are listed as Paris, Lyon, Marseille, Nice, Toulouse and Bordeaux.
Bouygues is offering the upgraded ‘Bbox Sensation’ for EUR25.99 (USD35.45) per month, well below its rivals’ FTTH subscription plans, which average at around EUR40 per month. Bouygues Telecom’s triple-play bundle also includes 170 TV channels, of which 29 are in high definition (HD), 300GB of DVR capability, access to video-on-demand (VoD) services and games, and unlimited calls to mobile and fixed lines in France and selected locations.
Further, Bouygues Telecom has revealed that it hopes to migrate existing customers, whom it currently serves using Numericable’s fibre-to-the-last amplifier (FTTLa) network, to its fibre-optic network in due course. By the end of 2014, the telco’s independent infrastructure will cover 3.3 million households, and is expected to deliver downlink speeds of 1Gbps.
Despite the upgrade, TeleGeography notes that Bouygues is still trailing behind its major rivals in terms of download speed; by comparison, Orange France currently offers a fibre-optic connection with maximum down/uplink speeds of 500Mbps/200Mbps, while both SFR and Iliad (Free) provide their subscribers with lightning fast 1Gbps fibre-optic connections.