French telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) has launched a public consultation on draft recommendations regarding the regulatory provisions that apply to small buildings (containing fewer than twelve residential or business premises) located in very high density areas; the recommendations are thought to apply to around one and a half million premises.
According to a press release, the draft document is ‘meant to put the finishing touches to the existing regulatory framework and help accelerate the rate of deployment, by enabling coverage for all types of buildings, regardless of their size or location’. Under the terms set out by the recommendations, broadband network operators should install concentration points of 100 single-fibre lines for buildings containing fewer than twelve residential or business premises, which are located in high density areas. Further, to optimise deployments and enable complete and consistent system coverage nationwide, Arcep recommends the introduction of a system of prior consultation between stakeholders, which should contribute to the avoidance of unnecessary duplication of street cabinets. The regulator invites all interested parties to submit their proposals and comments on the topic by 13 December 2013.