The operator Free has entered into an agreement with TDF to operate on its fiber optic networks enough to enable it to address 735,000 additional homes and businesses by this summer.
Free continues to expand its fiber coverage in the region by focusing on co-investment with partner operators. In Ile-de-France, in the Loire Valley and in Anjou, it is on the network of the mobile and fixed infrastructure operator TDF that Xavier Niel's operator intends to operate to address 735,000 additional households and businesses.
"Development work has already started on the Yvelines Fiber network, which will be the first to benefit from the arrival of Free", indicates the operator, who specifies that Free will operate by the end of the summer on TDF networks in Val de Loire, Anjou and Val d'Oise.
"With this new agreement, we are confirming our long-term co-investment strategy in fiber networks, which allows the group to today cover 21 million optical fiber households in France and to make fiber accessible to as many people as possible, with identical offers for all and available in all territories,” said Thomas Reynaud, CEO of Iliad, the holding company at the head of Free, in a press release announcing this agreement.
Iliad claims 6.7 million fixed customers in France and gained 43,000 additional subscribers during the first quarter. Some trends for fiber, which continues to grow strongly with 268,000 more subscribers over the quarter of 3 million customers. On mobile, the operator claims 13.38 million subscribers, or 6,000 more than at the end of 2020. The operator owned by Xavier Niel saw its turnover jump by 33.6% in the first quarter of 2021, to 1.8 billion Euros.