Regulator warns against fibre monopoly

25 Nov 2005

The French regulator ARCEP is warning the country’s larger telcos that they should not attempt to create a monopoly in the broadband market by rolling out high speed fibre-optic networks. Reuters reports that ARCEP’s president Paul Champsaur told a conference: “The scenario of a fibre development on the terms that would lead … to a re-monopolisation of the business high speed market would not be in accordance with the fundamental objectives of regulation.” Dominant operator France Télécom said earlier this week that it would invest in a new fibre network only if it was not forced by regulators to open it up to rival firms. Several other European telcos are looking at building fibre-optic networks which offer higher data transmission speeds than current broadband technologies such as ADSL.

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