French telecoms operator Iliad (Free) has signed a partnership agreement with Covage that will enable Free to offer its fibre plans over public initiative networks (PINs) in the regions covered by Covage, including Calvados, Herault, Haute-Savoie, Seine et Marne and la Somme, as well as on the networks launched by the conurbations of Dunkirk, Senart, Paris-Saclay, Metropole Europeenne de Lille and Essonne Numerique. Altogether, these networks will represent 1.4 million fibre sockets by 2023. Free’s fibre offering will gradually become available in these areas over the coming months. Commenting on this partnership, Pascal Rialland, chairman of Covage, stated: ‘We are very proud to host Free on our [fibre-to-the-home] FTTH networks. The arrival of a new national operator will allow people to access a broader range of services on all of the private initiative networks that we cover. This agreement fits with our overall strategy of being a neutral fibre infrastructure provider open to all service operators in order to diversify the offerings available and fully meet users’ needs.’
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