Bouygues Telecom has teamed up with French infrastructure provider Covage to increase the number of customers it can sell FTTH services to.

Covage had passed 210,000 premises with the pure fibre technology by the end of June, but plans to reach 284,000 by the end of the year and 1.5 million “in the long term”.

Bouygues will gain access to these via a Public Initiative Networks (PIN) agreement, as it looks to build on the 171,000 FTTH customers it has signed up from 16 million premises passed.

Backed by public money, PINs come into being when no operator wishes to invest in building infrastructure on its own.

The deal with Covage covers a wide range of areas including Calvados, Lille and Paris, but Bouygues said its arrival on these networks would be “gradual” as local authorities still need to give their approval.

It is the second PIN deal Bouygues has signed this year, having teamed up with Altitude Infrastructure in March.

Yves Legrand, EVP Technical Operations, Bouygues Telecom, said: “Bouygues Telecom has worked with Covage for more than 10 years on networks for businesses.

“This new partnership is further proof of our ambitions in FTTH, namely to be present in all of France’s PIN.

“These PIN will enable Bouygues Telecom to reach its target of 20 million premises marketed by 2022.”

Altice-owned SFR has the most FTTH customers, 2.1 million, from a network of 10 million premises passed.

Orange has 1.7 milllion such subscribers from 7.9 million premises passed, while Iliad has 419,000 customers from 5.3 million premises passed.

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