A real search engine for fixed Internet, the “My Internet connection” mapping tool is being rolled out this Thursday, April 8 by Arcep. “Before, users had to go around the sites of all operators one by one to find out about the offers available at their address. Now they have access to everything that exists at the same time. This allows them to orient themselves towards other possibilities ”, explains Antonin Borgnon, deputy head of the “Fixed coverage and deployments” unit. In the blink of an eye, we obtain a comparative table of all the fixed Internet access offers on the market (see image above).
All you have to do is enter your address in metropolitan France or overseas so that all available operators are displayed, including local players. The different technologies are stipulated: wired network (fiber, cable, copper) or wireless (fixed 4G, HD and THD Radio, satellite). The theoretical peak flow rates are also indicated. Finally, the service integrates the Arcep fiber optic deployment map in France to get an idea of the state of progress of the FttH near you.
From private individuals to public decision-makers
My Internet connection can be very useful before moving for example, but operators also use it to find out where their competitors are marketing their offers. It is therefore a tool intended for all audiences: simple users such as professionals or public decision-makers. It is also possible to select the results for a region, a department or a municipality as can be seen below. This possibility of varying the scale very finely on the map is a real plus.
This will allow Arcep to publish new statistics in the coming days from data that were already accessible in open data, but tedious to use. This will be the case below, for example, with the department of Charente-Maritime.
More precision and a new design
There are improvements compared to the beta version released a year ago, such as the interface and design, which have become more readable and fluid. But the building reference system is also more precise. Because it is a real headache to count them, in the absence of a complete and exhaustive geographical reference of addresses and counting of premises on all the territory.
Arcep crosses three sources. “First of all, there are the IPEs (Enriched Preliminary Information) from operators who carry out field surveys during the deployment of fiber, but which are not yet available throughout the territory. Also, we can’t always share them publicly. In addition, there is the cadastral plan of the General Directorate of Public Finances, as well as the National Address Database of the Interministerial Directorate of Digital », tells us Pierre-Olivier Hays, project manager in the “Fixed coverage and deployments” unit of Arcep.
The data are for the third quarter of 2020. They had not been updated for a year. Arcep’s ambition is to be able to refresh them every quarter by the end of the year.
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This Arcep initiative is not isolated in Europe since the European Electronic Communications Code encourages member countries to establish a geographical survey of network deployments. BEREC, the body of European communications regulators, has even issued guidelines to frame the work in each country.
The next step in My Internet Connection will be to further refine the differences between the technologies. Perhaps the tool will one day also be enriched with the actual speeds collected by the Arcep API for operator boxes and which will soon be deployed.
The link to My Internet connection