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French very-high speed internet base grows

France had 230,000 internet subscribers with services delivering speeds of 100Mbps or above at the end of June, according to figures compiled by telecom regulator ARCEP.

The figure, which represents an increase of 35% on December 2008, comprises 50,000 fibre-to-the-home subscribers (mostly in Paris and a few other large cities) and 180,000 fibre-to-the-building subscribers (served by cable operator Numericable). Numericable recently revealed that it currently has 195,000 very high-speed subscribers.

Fibre-to-the-home networks currently pass about 650,000 French homes, up by about 50% since December.