The Manche department undertook a proactive broadband deployment process very early on. In 2004 the Syndicat Mixte Manche Numérique (Manche digital mixed syndicate) was created with a remit to deploy digital services and disseminate digital practices throughout the Manche department's territory.

Roll out very high speed broadband to the whole department

Manche Numérique unbundled 138 telephone exchanges (subscriber hubs) and deployed a 1,200 km long backhaul infrastructure. The “Infrastructures” part of the SDTAN (Territorial development plan for digital services) elaborated by Manche Numérique was adopted in 2011 with the goal of completing the FTTH coverage of the whole department (100% of the lines) within 15 years.

The first phase consists in delivering very high speed broadband to roughly 170,000 lines by 2017. The project of the Syndicat Mixte Manche Numérique, the awarding authority, aims to construct a very-high-speed fibre-optic network that will be operated under a public service concession.

Construction and installation of technical shared access point sites

Awarding authority: Syndicat Mixte Manche Numérique
Prime contractor: The Manche departmental council (50)

The project entrusted to Circet consists in creating 23 shared access points, namely 24,000 sockets, in 3 sectors of the department corresponding to the three areas where FTTH is currently being rolled out.



The project in detail

  • carry out the earthworks and construct the platform (slab, base, etc.) for a container (cabinet, shelter) and the linking infrastructure up to cable pit 0;
  • supply and install the said container;
  • supply and install the interior equipment (cable racks, bays/trusses, plug-in units and racks for the cable terminals, power supply, etc.), according to the needs of each site.

The shared access points will feature five distinct spaces:

  • a space for splitters housing the cable terminals of the FTTH service network;
  • a space housing the coupling units (splitters) of PON (passive optical network) operators;
  • a space housing the cable terminals of the FTTH feeder (aka transport) network.