Over the french Culture & Medias magazine "Telerama", journalist Samuel Gontier has published last week the apparently true story of his encounter with FTTH Fiber To The Home.
This story is the exact reflect of the actual situation in the country with FTTH install :
- the contractors, coming from the Enterprise world, are not used to deal with people like you and me, read the Residential market.
- budget constraints and obsolete technics make it difficult for the technicians to overcome material issues such as fiber layout.
The article being written in french, I will do my best to translate it within the next few days. However, you can try a Google Translate from there.
I will also elaborate on my personal view on the problem, which is, IMHO, the real reason why FTTH deployments are not so important at the moment in France : lack of skilled technicians and lack of state-of-the-art organizations are slowing down the whole stuff. Among a couple of other issues of course, such as the fact that private/listed Telcos make their profits on Copper and Cellular, not on Personal Care services...