Arcep to investigate FT’s fibre-optic access plans

20 Dec 2006

The French telecoms regulator Arcep says it plans to open an administrative inquiry into France Télécom (FT’s) proposals to open fibre-optic links to rival operators. In a press release, the watchdog said a consultation with telecoms providers had shown the incumbent’s plans to be ‘insufficient’. Alternative operators are seeking direct access to lines in order to offer high capacity voice and data services, rather than having to lease lines from FT, as per the former monopoly’s proposals.

CommsUpdate reported yesterday that FT is forging ahead with plans to roll out fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) technology, but unlike Deutsche Telekom which is striving to retain a monopoly in this area, it plans to allow rival operators to access the new system in a bid to stave off the regulatory problems faced by its German counterpart. The former French monopoly says that the regulatory playing field for FTTH is well on the way to being clarified and that under its initial rollout phase, it plans to connect between 150,000 and 200,000 customers by end-2008, out of a potential customer base of one million.

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