Closure of ATM technology on December 31 » PACA’s economic and political newsletter

The modernization of electronic communications networks is underway throughout France, in mainland France and overseas, in order to support the growth of digital uses and improve energy efficiency.

It is reflected both in the massive deployments of optical fiber to the subscriber (FttH) and very high-speed mobile broadband, in the closure of the copper network, announced from 2019 by 2030 and, in parallel, by stopping all technologies and associated specific offers available on this historic network.

The result of discussions initiated in 2019 between operators, the shutdown of ATM, one of the historical technologies available on the copper medium, will take place on December 31, 2022, with a first stage on June 30, 2022 on a set of priority NRAs .

ATM technology (for Asynchronous Transfer Mode) accompanied the rise of ADSL in France in the early 2000s, by making it possible to transport different data streams on the same physical link thanks to its operation. asynchronous. This technology is likely to be replaced by IP technology, which is better suited to data transport.

The vast majority of Consumer customers of ATM offers have already switched to IP offers. Today, the latest users of ATM technology are mainly Business customers whose migration requires more sustained support. Actions in this direction have been carried out by operators since 2019 and we are now entering the home straight to switch the exhaustiveness of access to “all IP”. The gains for users are of three types: energy efficiency, increased speeds, quality of service.

Operators are mobilized to support Business customers in the migration operations of the last ATM access until the date of complete shutdown of the technology, December 31, 2022.

The Fédération Française des Télécoms encourages all customers affected by this closure to contact their telecom operator as soon as possible in order to migrate their services to solutions based on IP transport, available on optical fibre.

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