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Circet – French telco O&M

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The deadline for France’s national programme to install fibre optic in every household is end-2022 – and work continues apace. As a relationship manager from Bouygues Telecom told Third Bridge Forum, “2021 is a big year in France in terms of fibre-optical deployment regarding what happened with the COVID crisis. There is a big speed in the fibre-optical deployment.”

Extensive fibre optic deployment on the line for France

They commented that 80% should be deployed by the end of this year – but that leaves the most difficult installations until last. The final pieces of the puzzle “will be the high-aerial infrastructure, and also the long-distance deployment for one or two homes, so very expensive for operators to deploy these kind of lines… and I think it won’t be done by 2022 because we have 5% of the network that we won’t deploy.”

Although the volume of installations is set to decline next year, revenue should remain high owing to the high costs of the final stages. Thereafter, maintenance costs kick in. “That’s profitable for companies like Circet but not for the operators, because it’s very expensive for them to deploy the network and, two or three years after, they have to do the maintenance of this network.”

Approximately 95% of all deployment is outsourced. “The only part of the deployment that is done with the telco operators is the engineering part… and then all the studies and technical parts are done with companies like Circet, Sogetrel or Solutions 30.”

“Right now, in France, Circet and Scopelec are both the well seen companies in terms of quality.” On the other hand, Solutions 30 has less national visibility, “because they have a lot of small companies and they outsource the jobs to those companies”.

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