Arcep submits draft decision on shared fibre access to EC

26 May 2015

Following a second consulation on a draft proposal with regards to the technical and operational processes of sharing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, French telecoms regulator Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) has submitted the amended document to the European Commission (EC). Arcep disclosed that the pace of shared fibre-optic local loop rollouts has increased considerably in recent months, with 4.06 million eligible premises as of end-2014. As the future success of fibre-optic services will depend on internet service providers’ (ISPs’) ability to sell homogenous products nationwide, Arcep said, it is therefore essential that the terms and conditions for accessing fibre networks be homogenous, to enable the market’s ‘industrialisation’. Further, Arcep pointed out that as this is a ‘symmetrical’ decision (i.e. applying equally to all market players involved in fibre network rollouts), the document will be submitted for approval to the minister responsible for electronic communications, before it is published and comes into force.

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