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Who wants faster broadband in their French home?

Who doesn’t?

The internet is used for almost everything now, from ordering your groceries to watching video guides on how to cook those ingredients once delivered – and all while you stream and enjoy the latest series direct to your smart TV.

Internet speeds are thus getting faster to cope with ever-increasing demand.

We have seen vast improvements in coverage and speed in France and the French telecom network will continue to invest in these improvements into 2022.

More densely populated areas have been the first to benefit from fibre and are enjoying the headline prices that pop out from the various offerings out there, but are these really as good as they appear to be?

Year one can be a great deal but looking into the detail, year two is often more than twice that price – a bitter pill to swallow but who could go back to dial- up now? 

With 99% of households in France having access to the internet, it may feel you are so close to – yet so far from  – fibre, but with improvements coming all the time, even if fibre does not get to you, the speed you have access to may be improved.

More rural areas will have to wait longer.

Some parts of France do not have enough inhabitants to make fibre economically viable although we have been told for some time that up to 80% of properties should have access to fibre optic by the end of 2022.

Just remember to do your homework.

Headline prices are well and good and catch a deal, but in the same way we’re all after fast broadband we also all desire fast response times and resolutions when things go wrong.

Of course, no one wants their product to fail but if it does, you will want to benefit from a provider with a proven track record of looking after its customers.

Happy surfing!

This column was written by Sarah Fletcher from the telephone and broadband provider, UK Telecom. See for more information on their services in France

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