Arcep calls for sharing of cable networks

24 Jul 2007

The French telecoms regulator Arcep is calling for the country’s cable networks to be shared by all operators, reports AFX News. In a parliament-commissioned document, which aims to overhaul rules and regulations that have governed the relationship between cablecos and local communities since the 1980s, Arcep is looking to remove exclusivity clauses which would pave the way for cable networks to be shared by different operators. In return, the cable operators would see some of their obligations – such as their annual licence fees – reduced. The move is in response to the rapidly changing French telecoms landscape, particularly in respect of the rise of broadband internet services using fibre-optic technology. France Télécom, neuf Cegetel and Iliad (Free) have all embarked on major fibre-optic deployments in and around Paris but none has, as yet, signed any agreements over network sharing.

France, Iliad (Free), neuf Cegetel, Orange Group