SFR serves up 300/500 Mbps FTTP upgrade option; begins 1 Gbps trial in Paris

SFR is giving eligible fiber to the premises consumers in its serving region the option to upgrade from 100 Mbps to 300/50 Mbps. The service provider said that the new 300 Mbps option will be available to 90 percent of its FTTP consumers.

To date, SFR has over 120,000 customers signed up for its FTTP bundles and is available in over 70 towns with over 1.2 million homes being eligible for the fiber-based service. Eligible customers that have a Carre mobile plan and upgrade to the 300/50 Mbps option will continue to pay €9.99 ($13) a month for the first year, rising to  €22.99 ($30) thereafter.

SFR also has begun a 1 Gbps FTTP pilot in Paris with existing customers in specific telephone exchanges. SFR said it is currently recruiting beta testers and the first tests are due to begin from 20 June. Feedback will be made available at the Atelier SFR community platform.

The trial in Paris builds on earlier trials it conducted during its "Innovation SFR Player" event in late 2011 and later with its subsidiary Efixo in Marseille this March.

These new moves come at a time when France's FTTP subscriber base continues to rise. According to France's telecom regulator Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP), the country added a total of 50,000 subscribers in Q1 2013.

SFR itself has augmented its own aggressive FTTP rollout through its partnership with Orange, France's central government and Ile-de-France region to bring fiber to the home to major Paris suburbs by the year 2020.

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