Our Network Infrastructure

Network infrastructure fundamentals


With infrastructure covering the entirety of France, Orange helps Operators to expand their fixed or mobile broadband and superfast broadband networks.

This infrastructure includes:

  • Around 2 million arterial roads of underground or overground civil engineering 
  • Over 15,000 Points of Presence (Subscriber Connection Nodes (SCNs) for copper local loops and Optical Connection Nodes (OCNs) for optical local loops)
  • An optical backbone linking nearly all Points of Presence (POPs)

Under certain conditions, Orange gives access to this infrastructure in accordance with the regulation defined by ARCEP (France’s telecommunications regulatory authority).

In order to allow Operators to define and prepare for their extension projects, Orange provides information on:  the copper local loop, at the local level, coupled with a network map, the number of premises to be served, or the presence of fibre optics between the Connection Nodes.

Increased Bandwidth

As part of a regional planning project spearheaded by a local government in France, Orange can embark on operations to reconfigure the copper local loop, and create a new SCN called the Increased Bandwidth Subscriber Connection Node (IBSCN). This will allow broadband or increased throughput on copper lines connected to the new IBSCN.

Civil Engineering Infrastructure

By accessing Orange’s civil engineering infrastructures, Operators can extend a superfast broadband network and fibre optic connections to the buildings of its residential or professional customers.


Once Orange has implemented an FTTH optical local loop, Operators can ask for their active equipment to be hosted on Orange’s OCNs.

Outside of Orange’s service areas, an Operator can benefit from resources available in an Orange POP (as long as it is feasible) to plan the installation of the OCN for its FTTH coverage area.

An Operator hosted in an Orange POP (SCN or OCN) can access Orange infrastructure (optical backbone) to  collect its traffic, either towards another Orange POP or towards their own POP.

Mobile Backhaul

Using its extensive experience in broadband and superfast broadband mobile networks, Orange is offering mobile backhaul solutions to Operators who want to expand their own mobile network.

These are end-to-end solutions that include the connection of mobile antennas and the delivery of traffic collected in the Operator’s network.

Related solutions

Build an optical backbone for yourself and your customers with our dark fibre rental solutions.


Host your equipment in Orange premises to gain access to fibre optic local loops.


Host your equipment in an Orange Wholesale France data centre.

Host your equipment in our capacity services and activated DSL services dedicated spaces.

Increase your throughput in areas where a fibre optic project has yet to be implemented.


Collect your traffic from the Subscriber Connection Nodes where your equipment is hosted thanks to Orange’s optical fibre.

Interconnect all of your national sites with superfast broadband.

Connect overseas departments with superfast broadband.

Connect all of your mobile sites to your central sites via Orange’s Ethernet network.


Meet the specific needs of mobile Operators looking for an easy way to increase their throughput.