French telecom regulator Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) has adopted its draft decision with regards to the technical and operational processes of sharing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks, after the European Commission (EC) and France’s Advisory Commission on Electronic Communications granted their approval. The document aims to regulate the terms defined by building operators for the provision of fibre-optic access to alternative providers and includes various recommendations ‘to promote better interoperability between operators’ on a non-discriminatory basis. Arcep will impose different timeframes for each aspect of the new provisions (in accordance with their respective impacts), with operators required to provide regular reports on their progress.
Arcep disclosed that the pace of shared fibre-optic local loop rollouts has increased considerably in recent months, with 4.40 million eligible premises as of end-March 2015. 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’.