The European Commission has ordered a map of broadband Internet coverage in Europe. The map shows that France is one of the worst-off countries, lagging behind, which is detrimental to competitive growth.
Ahe map below shows that 65 % of our country's territories are not covered by broadband and are bogged down in what specialists call "white zones". France is far behind the Baltic States, Iceland, Northern Ireland and even Spain. Only Greece and Italy seem to have less developed Internet coverage.
Why these differences from one European country to another? One of the study managers interviewed by the Washington Post explains: "The disparities between the different European countries reflect the very different strategies adopted by network operators in each country. In Italy and Greece, the reason for the lack of broadband is mainly due to the absence of cable operators.
In France, the national strategy has always focused on the deployment of FTTP (fibre optic) networks. However, due to the high cost of fibre to the customer's home, deployment has not progressed as far as in other European countries..»
However, the French government launched a vast plan at the beginning of 2013. France very high speed broadband with "10 billion in investment by 2020". However, we are still far from achieving this goal, since the Observatoire France Très Haut Débit states that, apart from the major cities, broadband is still in short supply. Thus, while 87 % of the population of the Hauts de Seine is covered by Internet speeds of over 100 Mb/s, the inhabitants of Creuse have no fast access and worse, nearly 30 % of the population operates with a speed of less than 3Mb/s. In this case, there is no point in trying to download a large attachment, let alone watch a video on one's computer.