Arcep adopts decision on fixed telephony markets

13 Oct 2014

French telecoms watchdog, the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep), has adopted its Decision No. 2014-1102, following the fourth round of analysis of Market 1 (fixed telephony access) and Market 2 (call origination at a fixed location). The decision came into effect on 3 October 2014, and will remain so for a period of three years (until 2 October 2017). According to the final document, Arcep has prolonged the obligation imposed on incumbent fixed line operator Orange France to provide a wholesale line rental product (VGAST) at cost-based prices, while also introducing a gradual relaxation of the pricing obligations imposed on Orange for straight carrier selection offers. Further, Orange will switch from the current cost-based regime to one that forbids excessive pricing of these products, starting on 1 January 2017, in order to encourage alternative operators’ to provide unified plans that include access and voice call services. Orange France is required to publish an announcement on the planned price hike by 1 January 2015, and detail the support measures that will be put into place to facilitate the transition to a VGAST wholesale line rental solution for operators willing to switch to the platform.

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