Arcep’s LLU consultation begins

9 Apr 2013

French regulator Arcep has launched a public consultation on possible changes to local loop unbundling (LLU) regulation during its upcoming round of market analysis (mid-2014 to mid-2017) of high speed and very-high speed internet markets. 86.3% of the French population is currently able to access alternative operators’ services via LLU, which was achieved via self-regulation, the encouraging of unbundling ever-smaller subscriber access nodes, and via the projects implemented by local authorities aimed at increasing broadband access for subscribers in their regions. The high rate of coverage in terms of number of subscriber lines (86.3%) has been achieved even though only 40% of incumbent France Telecom-Orange’s subscriber access nodes have been unbundled. It is unlikely that unbundling will be achieved throughout France before the completion of the next round of market analysis in mid-2017. However, where unbundling has not been implemented, the range of services available to subscribers is often limited and generally does not include television, for example. For this reason the regulator wishes to collect analyses from market players on possible modifications to its LLU regulation in order to provide a near-homogeneous level of service to the entire population, thereby reducing the digital divide. The public consultation will be open until 15 May 2013.

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