Arcep rules on Free-Google traffic dispute

22 Jul 2013

French telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) has decided to close its investigation into the technical and financial conditions for the routing of traffic between Free Mobile and Google, confirming that its examination of possible discriminatory practices did not yield any concrete evidence of improper behaviour. The investigation was prompted by a September 2012 complaint by consumer association UFC-Que Choisir, which alleged that access to Google’s YouTube website was restricted to Free’s subscribers. After a six-month monitoring process Arcep established that data traffic flowed freely both directly, and indirectly – via international data interconnection agreements, but will continue to keep an eye on the players involved in a bid to achieve greater transparency.

France, Arcep, Iliad (Free)