Marc Duchesne

Consultant in Oloron-Sainte-Marie, France

I am a Fiber-Broadband expert, Tech-savvy early adopter, and Telecoms veteran with over 30 years of experience in the ICT industries. Advising both start-up companies as well as established corporations, local governments and authorities, my activities span business development, product marketing and new products introduction on global markets.

Since 2007, I focus on the emerging technologies, markets, and services in both Sustainable Development & Ultra Broadband areas. I help Communities to better understand the benefits of Carbon Footprint Management to shape their territories for the challenges of the coming decades of the 21st Century. I also help Local Communities to implement FTTH Fiber-To-The-Home networks, in Urban and Rural areas.

Prior to my consulting career, I worked at the French Railroad Company where I became an Optical Fiber Communications pioneer before founding my own consulting & training firm in the early 90's. I then joined HP/Agilent Technologies in 1998, starting as an expert with the HP Consulting group, then lead the Agilent' s Optical Network Test business in the EMEA region, before moving to a Product Marketing role in the same division as New Products Introduction manager worldwide. In 2003 I went to the Denmark-based firm NetTest, to build the Middle-East sales channels for its Instruments Business Unit.

After a couple of years within the Web 2.0 arena, I went back to France and to the realities of Fiber in Pau, where I helped the Local Authority to develop new ventures on the very first public FTTH network in the country.

From 2009 to mid-2014, I managed the roll-out of the European-largest Public Fiber-To-The-Home network to date, code-named "THD Seine", for Sequalum, subsidiary of Numericable, to build the Hauts de Seine County’ General Council’ s project.

In the meantime, focusing on Next Gen Services For Rural Areas, I worked on AppSchools, a project aimed at providing Seniors with custom applications developed by Teenagers. As a proponent of the Makers movement, I was also involved with Fab Lab projects in Rural France.

Since 2015, I am advising the Mayor of Oloron Sainte-Marie, France, on his Smart+Connected City project.

In addition to my business experience, I am the author of many articles and papers in the telecommunications international Press and Conferences, and the creator of many events for the Telecoms and Fiber Optics community. In 2010, I co-founded the Rural Living Lab Brie’Nov, in the east of Paris. In 20

  • Work
    • FiberGeneration
  • Education
    • B.S. Mathematics & Electronics