Arcep backs FT in cable duct dispute

17 Nov 2010

The French telecoms regulator Arcep has reportedly backed the majority of requests submitted by France Telecom (FT) vis a vis its civil engineering access offer and a complaint it filed against rival cableco Numericable in July this year. Telecompaper reports that in cities listed in the national cable rollout plan, although Numericable had upgraded part of its coaxial networks with fibre-optic cabling using FT’s ducts (in accordance with agreements signed in 1999, 2001 and 2004), FT argued that the cableco should ‘comply with the same operating modalities as other operators after several operators began using its duct to deploy their fibre networks since 2008’. In its ruling, Arcep upheld most of FT’s requests which it said were designed to ensure that all operators’ receive equal (i.e. shared) and efficient access to its ducts.

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