Netherlands-based international telecoms group Altice has announced plans to accelerate the pace of its fibre build-out in both France and Portugal, underscoring its ongoing strategic focus on fibre-optic technology. In France, Altice now aims to pass twelve million homes by the end of 2017, rising to 18 million homes passed by the end of 2020 and 22 million by the end of 2022. As of 30 September Altice’s French unit Numericable-SFR passed around 7.4 million homes.
In Portugal meanwhile, Altice has announced that it aims to roll out fibre to an additional three million households and businesses over the next five years, at a rate of 600,000 homes per year. The company notes that this implies a new target of 5.3 million homes passed with fibre by the end of 2020. As of Q3 2015 PT Portugal (MEO) passed 2.3 million homes with its fibre network.