The RATP group announced on Friday that it had won a contract to develop and operate the fiber optic infrastructure within the future Grand Paris metro, for an amount of 500 million euros and for a period of 25 years.
The Grand Paris Express must connect over 200 km to dozens of suburban municipalities, the research centers of the Saclay plateau and the two Parisian airports of Roissy to the north and Orly to the south. The project includes four new automatic metro lines, numbered 15 to 18, as well as extensions of line 14 – which are to open in stages by 2030.
175,000 kilometers of fiber
This contract, issued by the subsidiary RATP Solutions Ville, includes the operation, marketing and maintenance of this very high speed network, according to the press release. Grand Paris Express. In total, the entire 200 km of the Grand Paris Express will house optical infrastructure irrigating the 68 stations and station districts of the future automatic metro network, “highlights the RATP.
The installations “will directly benefit travelers from the new metro by facilitating the deployment of mobile coverage”, but will also be “for more than 20,000 companies, administrations and research centers. The first customers connected to this new network at the end of 2022”, is- he precised.
“More than 175,000 kilometers of optical fiber will be available under the new metro lines as soon as they open. The network thus buried will make it possible to offer services of great reliability”, added in a separate press release the Société du Grand Paris (SGP ), the public body responsible for constructing the structure.
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From the network in the metro
“The Grand Paris Numérique is also a technical feat that will allow millions of Grand Paris Express travelers to have access to a quality mobile telephone network on the route, including in sectors close to 50 meters of depth “, underlined Jean-François Monteils, president of the management board of the SGP, quoted in the press release.
This “first major contract for our very young subsidiary RATP Solutions Ville demonstrates the relevance of the group’s development strategy beyond our core business which remains transport”, decided Catherine Guillouard, CEO of RATP, a group which recalls to be “also a fiber expert” with “already more than 170,000 km of optical fiber deployed on the historic RATP network”.