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France’s Sfr And Free Go Head To Head On 1gbps Fibre As Vdsl2 Goes National

Visitors to D-Day cemetery in France among the victims of U.S. shutdown

Vivendi-owned SFR said 1.5 million homes will be within range of its fibre service from the end of 2013, with a promotional price of 9.99 per month for a year. Iliad’s Free in turn said its fibre to the home service would be available to Free Revolution subscribers at no extra charge. Its existing phone, broadband and TV packages start at 29.99 a month. The two operators also unveiled new VDSL offerings to complement their fibre rollouts from 1 October, which is the date from which commercial VDSL2 services are permitted on a nationwide basis in France according to French regulator Arcep. Tests have been carried out on the technology in the Dordogne and the Gironde departments since April. SFR cited information from Arcep that said an upgrade to VDSL2 could give six percent of the 31 million copper lines in France download speeds of more than 30Mbps. Orange, France’s biggest telco, has already been investing in VDSL2, equipping 16 percent of its lines in the country with the technology. SFR said ‘Box de SFR’ customers with eligible lines would benefit from VDSL technology free of charge and could order the upgrade via their online accounts, while VDSL will be available to new customers subscribing to a 19.99 Multi-Pack plan with a bundled-in mobile plan. Free also said eligible ADSL users will now get higher-speed connections via ADSL2+ or VDSL2 for no extra cost. However, Free has already come under fire from Arcep for what the regulator describes as misleading information about the two high-speed broadband services. With regard to the fibre, Free is claiming its FTTH offering is far better than the GPON approach being taken by other French operators because each subscriber will receive a dedicated 1Gbps line. However, Arcep noted that the actual speed not only depends on the access network but also the interconnection infrastructure, and added that customers were still experiencing problems with online video. Arcep also took issue with Free’s claim that its VDSL2 service would provide download speeds of 100Mbps. The regulator said such speeds are purely theoretical, and would not reflect the average experience of customers.

shutdown Americans traveling to France to pay their respects at the Normandy American Cemetary were turned away because of the federal government shutdown. By The Associated Press / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS Wednesday, October 2, 2013, 12:00 PM Comment Finbarr O’Reilly / Reuters/REUTERS Crosses stand at the American Cemetery and Memorial at Colleville-sur-Mer in Normandy. Located on a bluff overlooking Omaha Beach, one of the D-Day landing sites, the cemetery contains the remains of 9,387 American military dead. Tourists travelling to Omaha Beach to pay their respects to the 9,387 military dead at the Normandy American Cemetery and Memorial will find it closed, a victim of the U.S. governments partial shutdown. The site overlooking the D-Day invasion beaches is one of 24 U.S. military cemeteries overseas that have closed to visitors since Monday. Ten more cemeteries in in France, as well as others in various European countries as well as Mexico, Panama, Tunisia and the Philippines, will remain closed for the duration of the shutdown. The cemeteries are maintained by the American Battle Monuments Commission, set up after the First World War. Nearly 125,000 U.S. servicemen and women are buried at its cemeteries, and an additional 94,000 are commemorated on tablets of the missing.

Research and Markets: Life Insurance in France, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017

Markets close in 19 mins. Research and Markets: Life Insurance in France, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017 Press Release: Research and Markets 5 hours ago Related Content DUBLIN–(BUSINESS WIRE)– Research and Markets ( ) has announced the addition of the “Life Insurance in France, Key Trends and Opportunities to 2017” report to their offering. The French life insurance segment accounted for 65.5% of the industry’s gross written premium in 2012. During the review period, turbulent financial and economic conditions adversely affected the segment’s performance. The segment posted a CAGR of 0.9%, with gross written premium expanding from EUR122.4 billion (US$180.0 billion) in 2008 to EUR127.0 billion (US$163.4 billion) in 2012. The segment’s penetration rate remained stable at 6.3% in 2012. Pension products were the leading French review-period life insurance product category. Pension policies accounted for 82.3% of the segment’s premiums in 2012. Bancassurance dominated the life insurance distribution network. The channel accounted for an average share of 60.6% of the total review-period life insurance commission paid. – The French life segment’s industry share increased during the review period from 65.5% in 2008 to 65.7% in 2012 – Reform introduced in the Insurance Code of France by the Ministry of Economy and Finance will allow insurance companies to lend directly to non-listed companies, such as small and medium size enterprise (SME), which will have positive impact on diversification of investment income – In order to diversify risk and attain faster growth, French insurers are going for mergers and acquisitions in overseas markets. French insurers are focusing of emerging markets such as Africa for growth and expansion of business – France has one of the fastest-aging populations in the EU, which will create growth opportunities for the life segment over the forecast period – France’s life insurance segment is highly concentrated with the ten leading insurers accounting for 86.1% of the segment’s total gross written premium in 2012 Key Topics Covered:

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