OPT-NC celebrates its 28,000th customer connected to the optic fiber network
A major and structuring issue for New Caledonia, the roll-out of optical fiber, which began in 2015 and aims to migrate all customers from copper to fiber at no additional cost to them, is gaining ground.
To date 40% of customers are connected to the optical fiber network with the celebration of the 28,000th fiber subscriber. It is also 50% of homes and businesses that can now be connected to the optical fiber network. These symbolic figures, in a large-scale deployment program, are a milestone as we reach the end of the year.
On this occasion, Yoann LECOURIEUX, President of the Board of Directors of OPT-NC and Vaimu'a MULIAVA vice-president, Christopher GYGES, Government Minister in charge of the digital economy, Eddie LECOURIEUX, Mayor of the City of Mont-Dore accompanied by Philippe GERVOLINO, Acting Director General of the OPT-NC and Auxence FAFIN, Deputy Director in charge of digital technologies at OPT-NC, celebrated the milestone this Tuesday, November 30, 2021 at the home of the client, located in Mont Dore Sud.
This event is all the more symbolic as the connection rate in the Mont Dore Sud area is 68%". To date, more than 4,000 customers have been connected to the fiber and more than 6,000 homes are connectable. With 94% of customers connected to fiber, the Boulari/Saint Michel area could be one of the first urban areas to be 100% connected to fiber.
The connection rate of the commune of Le Mont-Dore (excluding the recently opened Haut Robinson zone) is 80%; this is one of the best rates observed in all the municipalities currently covered by the roll-out of the optical fiber network. The Vallon Dore area, identified as one of the landing sites (the place where the cable exits the sea) of the project, will be one of the first areas to benefit from a secure Internet connection in August 2022.
As of 31/10/2021
Roll out of very high-speed fixed broadband in New Caledonia
Work on the deployment and connection of optical fiber continues throughout New Caledonia.
- Increasing the number of connections and simplification of processes
- A 40% fibre optic connection rate
- 50% of the fiber network currently rolled out
- All Provinces are now covered by the fiber, with 11 Municipalities having their first customers connected to fiber. In the areas open to commercialization, the average connection rate of areas already connected to the fiber is currently 62%.
- Since March 1, 2020, customers with fiber optic access have been able to choose between two OPTimo offers: OPTimo Fiber Optic at 100 Mb/s or very high speed OPTimo at 1Gb/s. To date, more than 26,000 customers have subscribed to an OPTimo fiber offer, including 1,300 to the OPTimo THD offer.
- New Caledonia continues to progress and gains 22 places in the world ranking established by the site www.cable.co.uk ,which compares speed of fixed broadband Internet connection throughout the world*.
- The project involving the roll-out of submarine cables (international and domestic) to secure New Caledonia's Internet is continuing, with commissioning scheduled for the first half of 2022. The authorizations from the various authorities involved have been obtained, the marine surveys have been finalized and the operational and public domain occupation permits have been established. The final route of the cable is now known. The manufacturing of the equipment for the hosting stations and the cables is underway, before the launch of the works on site. The current schedule calls for the submarine cable to be commissioned in August 2022.
*Source : Worldwide broadband speed league 2021