Fibre: on land, speeds are taking off

Screens have gradually become an essential part of our day-to-day lives: in France, each household has an average of six screens, and this is expected to rise to 13 by 2022*. TV, computer and smartphone screens will soon be followed by a whole range of connected devices (fridge, washing machine, etc.). In the business world, uses are also evolving: employees are using business applications that can be accessed from the internet or SaaS applications that require more bandwidth.

To support the rapid growth in speeds, the networks need to be modernized. Starting off with the copper network, fixed internet's legacy infrastructure, which is now migrating to fibre. A technology developed in connection with France’s very high speed broadband plan launched by the French government.


Fibre services are based on two different models:

  • FTTH or Fibre To The Home and its business counterpart FTTO or Fibre To The Office, based on the end-to-end deployment of a fibre network. This approach, adopted by Orange, combines high speeds with virtually equivalent quality across the entire network.
  • FTTLA or Fibre To The Last Amplifier is based on the deployment of a fibre network up to the outside of buildings. The legacy copper network then takes over to connect everyone to the network. While this solution is less expensive, it does not guarantee optimum performance levels.


Fibre represents a major change in the customer experience, from entertainment to the business world or more generally multi-screens.
Stéphane Richard, Orange's Chairman and Chief Executive Officer.


Why choose Fibre?

Fibre is a fixed internet network that is up to 30 times faster than ADSL, with reduced response times. This technology, rolled out by Orange, offers minimum speeds of 500 Mbps for downloads and 200 Mbps for uploads. Thanks to its power and internet speeds that are independent from phone or TV use, Fibre enables simultaneous uses without any loss of speed.

  • Retail customers can enjoy quicker access to all types of content, HD TV, quick content storage and sharing, as well as network gaming under the best conditions.
  • Businesses can benefit from stronger performance levels, no magnetic environment sensitivity and a certain independence from connection distances linked to the signal's stability.

*Source: Observatoire des équipements audiovisuels, CSA, December 2015.