less than 1% of Free subscribers affected

Guest of the program “France moves” on Europe 1, the general manager of the Iliad group (parent company of Free) was questioned about the acts of vandalism committed on the night of April 26 to 27 on the national fiber network. optics with severed cables. The infrastructures of several telecom operators were impacted and Free seemed the most concerned.

Thomas Reynaud speaks of an act of sabotage with simultaneous cuts. ” We had around 100,000 subscribers who were affected, mainly in the East of France, in Strasbourg, Gravelines and Reims. “In landline and mobile, Free had nearly 20.5 million subscribers at the end of 2021.

Our supervision center was alerted by the simultaneous fiber optic cuts which did not only concern Free, but also two other telecom operators (note: SFR in particular). Our teams reacted very quickly. […] We were able to restore service after four to five hours.

Thomas Reynaud highlights the resilience of the networks and the ability to find secondary routes on other fiber optic paths for traffic. He also recalls that telecoms infrastructures are legally vitally important infrastructures.

These acts of vandalism are extremely serious because they were coordinated and it was not necessarily Free who was targeted, it was the French, it was the ability of hospitals to continue to operate, it was small traders , students.

No claim and an ongoing investigation

According to AFP, the Paris prosecutor’s office has opened an investigation for ” deterioration of property likely to affect the fundamental interests of the Nationinterference with an automated data processing system ” et ” conspiracy. “Thomas Reynaud confirms that an investigation is being carried out by the DGSI (General Directorate for Internal Security).

Credits: Free – Twitter

In a press release, the French Telecoms Federation indicated that it was the telecommunications services of several regions in France which were disrupted, citing Auvergne-Rhône-Alpes, Bourgogne-Franche-Comté, Grand-Est and the ‘Ile-de-France.

The FFTélécoms and the operators have been alerting the public authorities for many months to the upsurge in acts of vandalism. […] Each of these acts of vandalism has a heavy impact on the execution of vital projects for the deployment of fiber optics, the New Deal Mobile and 5G.

For Arthur Dreyfuss (Altice – SFR), president of the French Telecoms Federation, yesterday’s acts of vandalism on fiber optic networks are ” unprecedented and totally unacceptable. I strongly condemn these acts of sabotage which cause considerable inconvenience to the businesses and citizens of our country.


Source: GNT – actualités by www.generation-nt.com.

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