Arcep slaps EUR5m fine on Numericable

22 Dec 2011

Bloomberg reports that the French telecommunications regulator, the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep), has fined domestic cableco Numericable EUR5 million (USD6.5 million) for failing to comply with its 4 November 2010 ruling calling for amendments to its fibre-optic network contracts. The watchdog considered that certain clauses relating to operational procedures provided for in Numericable’s contracts for the sale of cable networks and applied by the operator when upgrading its networks with optical fibre, had to be modified in accordance with the provisions applicable to all telecoms operators deploying FTTx networks. The regulator’s decision was confirmed by a decision of the Court of Appeal of Paris of 23 June 2011, it said. In a statement on the regulator’s website, Arcep said Numericable took more than a year to implement the necessary changes – rather than the two months decreed in its ruling. Under these conditions, Arcep pronounced against the operator, pursuant to Article L. 36-11 of the Post and Electronic Communications (CPCE) code.

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