SNCF is reinventing itself in broadband thanks to its fiber optic network

SNCF is reinventing itself in broadband thanks to its fiber optic network

The railway company is attacking the lucrative telecom infrastructure market.

A railway company, the SNCF? Yes but not only. It was already renting shops in stations, selling unused land to property developers. Now it is setting off to attack the lucrative telecom infrastructure market. Because the old railway lady has a serious asset in this area: its 20,000 kilometers of optical fiber which have replaced the old copper network. It has deployed them all over France on the railways to facilitate rapid communications with train drivers.

But, today, she says to herself that she can rent this ultra-high-speed network to other users: telecom operators (Orange, SFR, Bouygues, Free, etc.) but also data center hosts or large industrialists. . To carry out this offensive, the SNCF has created a subsidiary, Terralpha. “I am convinced that we will create a champion of data mobility, accessible to everyone, everywhere“, specifies in a press release the president of Terralpha, Anne Bosche-Lenoir.

In this adventure, the SNCF is betting that its network deployed in a straight line will save a few microseconds in the transmission of information. An advantage, for example, for online game enthusiasts who need the best possible responsiveness. But the SNCF is not the first transport operator to have smelled the good vein. The RATP has been earning several tens of millions of euros for several years by leasing its fiber optic network deployed in the Paris metro.