150 million euros will be allocated to the Very High Speed France Plan, and mainly in areas that are difficult to connect.
It was one of the big goals of Emmanuel Macron’s five-year term. The State then aimed to connect most of the territory to optical fiber by the end of 2022. But the various confinements and the many failures of subcontractors have largely contributed to delaying this deadline, now set for 2025.
However, the government is not going to relax its efforts and is announcing new financial support for this vast project. These are no less than 150 million euros which will be allocated to Very High Speed France Plan. This sum comes from the envelope of 570 million euros released at the beginning of 2021. In a press release, the executive announces that these investments will particularly support connections “Complex” in RIP zone, understand rural and sparsely populated zones.
On November 25, Cédric O, Secretary of State for Digital Transition and Electronic Communications, unveiled the terms of this new economic measure. The main objective is obviously to overcome the difficulties of connection to optical fiber, whether they are related to administrative authorizations, information feedback or simply infrastructure failures. These funds will be submitted for public consultation in mid-December 2021 and for a period of four weeks with a view to “The launch of a call for projects by the end of the first quarter of 2022”.
20,000 premises connected every day
In its press release, the government also takes stock of recent months. He estimates that 27 million premises are now connectable, or 65% of the premises in the territory. According to figures for the last six months, an average of 20,000 premises are connected every day.
Arcep has toughened its tone
But this announcement of new financing comes just days after the opening of an investigation into a subsidiary of Altice (SFR). In a press release, the telecoms regulator Arcep announces that it is seriously considering the issue of the various defects that threaten the fiber optic network.
Asked by The echoes, the new president of Arcep Laure de la Raudière, underlines numerous negligence which weakens the objectives set by the Very High Speed France Plan. She tells our colleagues: “There is anger, in front of the doors of the cabinets of streets fractured or closed with Scotch, the tangled cords of fiber, the wild disconnections… The cuts can be very long. To be deprived of the Internet for 24 or 48 hours is one thing, but it sometimes lasts for weeks or even a month. ”
In the meantime, all you have to do is scan the map made available by Arcep. It allows you to know the maximum speed offered to your address as well as the offers of the various access providers. You can also follow the progress of the deployment with the dedicated tab.