France: More users tuning to fiber-based broadband, but DSL dominates

In France, it's clear that consumers love their broadband connection, with the country's regulator Arcep reporting that over 340,000 users signed up for service in Q3 2011, reaching a total of 22.4 million.

From a year over year perspective, broadband adoption rose 7 percent, by 1.5 million new subscribers.

While still relatively nascent, about 600,000 homes and businesses subscribed to a fiber-based broadband connection as of the end of September. Out of that figure, 175,000 were Fiber to the Home (FTTH) subscribers, a 71 percent year-over-year increase, with the remaining leveraging a HFC-based connection. To date, only about 5.65 million homes and businesses are within reach of a fiber connection.

Despite the gain in FTTx, ADSL continues to dominate France's broadband landscape with over 20.7 million subscribers as of the end of September, an increase over 19.5 million seen in the same period in 2010.

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