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Fiber: Optical terminal connector part number will be available on invoices soon.

Bouygues Telecom, Free, Orange and SFR aim to simplify access to optical fiber by providing their customers with a link to the optical terminal connector directly in the customer area and on their bills.

This commitment was made this Thursday, November 24th, by four major French telecommunications operators and under the control of Arcep. However, its application will not take place later, “from July 1, 2023” for online customer zones and “from December 31, 2023” for invoices.

By definition, the port number of an optical terminal makes it possible to identify the port of the optical network in the information systems of operators.

This number is usually available on a small white box attached to the wall on the optical terminal slot. Each link is, in principle, “unique and enduring,” notes Arsep. The infrastructure operator assigns this link to each fiber optic connector in its network “when you connect the premises, when you first subscribe to fiber,” as mandated by the regulator.

“Step Up For Subscribers”

While other networks such as electricity and gas also use a unique link to determine the point of delivery, this collective optical fiber solution represents “a step forward for subscribers to make ordering easier and more reliable.” already connected,” emphasizes Arsep.

Subscribers will be able to be identified in a “certain” way and have easier access to this link to speed up the process in the event of a move or change of operator.

Slow Fiber Deployment in Q2

Fiber deployment appears to be slowing down, Laura de la Rodière, president of Arcep, recently warned in a speech at the fall TRIP of Avicca.

While the topic of the fall meeting was a major copper shutdown project, the slowdown in fiber deployment worries Arcep. Arcep’s president noted that FttH’s network rollout “has slowed down for several months in some areas.”

“Of course, fiber deployment volumes remain very high and fiber subscriptions are dynamic, which is good news,” she said. Thus, at the end of the second quarter of 2022, fiber became predominant among HD-THD subscribers. Even if fiber deployment rates remain “strong” overall, Arcep is seeing a drop of about 20% in recent months in Q2. 2022 compared to the same period in 2021.

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