Arcep backs FT on wholesale rates

19 Jun 2009

France’s national telecoms watchdog Arcep is reportedly supporting incumbent operator France Telecom (FT), saying its wholesale access rates do not need to come down. French business daily Les Echos yesterday reported that the regulator is supporting FT in its dispute with rival operators concerning wholesale rates, saying that the current rates the former monopoly charges other carriers to use its lines do not need to change in the short term. Rival telcos Bouygues Telecom, Iliad (Free) and Vivendi’s SFR (including neuf Cegetel) argued that FT’s wholesale rates, including those for local loop unbundling, are too high and ought to be ‘compensated for a surcharge’ – something Arcep also dismissed. On 28 May this year the watchdog secured a cut in FT’s unbundling rate to 4%, to be applied retroactively as of 1 January 2009.

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