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Samuel Beltran

Consultant, Networks & Smart Territories Business Unit / NGA and FTTx

The Covid-19 pandemic has caused tremendous upheavals in how people work, which in turn has forced operators to adapt and offer effective solutions for dealing with the surge in both connections and cyberattacks. The public health crisis has been, and remains, a source of real challenges for the sector. If fibre can reduce the new digital divide caused by people’s different internet access opportunities, it cannot be deployed nationwide without government support.

We have seen an increase of between 13% and 85% in network traffic in every country around the world. Teleworking, remote learning, online gaming… the lockdown has led to a significant surge in internet connections. The first challenge for the telecoms sector has been to maintain constant and stable connections, which is crucial to ensuring teleworkers’ comfort and efficiency, and to enabling the country’s businesses to continue to operate. Traffic levels, quality of service, latency and connection continuity are now part of end users’ core demands.

On average, traffic peaks have reached a new normal that is at least 20% higher than pre-Covid 19 peaks.

This surge in internet connections has also required increased vigilance against cyberattacks. Since the start of the pandemic, we have seen a 15% to 25% rise in cyberattacks, which has made security a primary area for improvement for operators.

What we are seeing, then, is a forced rethink of telecommunications, to be able to supply better solutions more efficiently.

The Covid-19 crisis also served to highlight a new type of digital divide, namely regional differences in the quality of available internet connections. Fibre deployments have become crucial to ensuring the same quality of access nationwide. But the government and operators will need to work together to achieve this, to reduce the digital divide and promote viable teleworking solutions, thanks to reliable infrastructures.

In its report, FTTH Opportunities after Covid-19, IDATE DigiWorld delivers a detailed examination of the impact that the Covid-19 health crisis has had on telecom industry players, and particularly on FTTH operators, their rollouts and investments. It also looks at teleworking’s influence on society, as well as operators’ role in its implementation in terms of capacity, traffic and coming up with new services. Lastly, the report analyses the measures that telecom market players and public policymakers have taken and must now put into place to address this new reality. For more information on our FTTH Opportunities after Covid-19 report, drop us a line!

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Our think tanks, our reports and the international watch services provided by our expert engineers, analysts and economists are an integral part of our commitment to highlighting and promoting France’s capacity for innovation, and to building a European industrial project as a sound alternative to American and Asian models in particular. To this end, our editorial policy throughout 2020 is to capitalise on our Members’ experience and lay the groundwork for this joint industrial project.

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