FT-Orange restricting streaming video access in peering dispute

8 Jan 2013

The French operator France Telecom-Orange (FT-Orange) is reportedly restricting bandwidth for online video services such as YouTube as part of a peering dispute with Google and its internet backbone provider Cogent Communications. According to a report from Fierce Wireless, FT-Orange wants Cogent to pay for the additional traffic being generated by streaming video services, and its decision to charge for access has been backed up by the French competition watchdog Autorite de la Concurrence. Meanwhile, technology minister Fleur Pellerin has commented: ‘We need to ask serious questions about how Web companies can put some money into networks,’ Bloomberg reports.

France, Google (Alphabet), Orange Group