French regulator adopts new guidelines to encourage investment in fibre

12 Jan 2017

The Authority of Regulation for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, Arcep) has proposed a number of guidelines aimed at ensuring competition in the fixed markets, including allowing alternative operators better access to Orange France’s infrastructure. ‘Arcep notes and welcomes the investment effort that Orange has made. This momentum must now spread to all market players. Through its actions, Arcep will work to prevent any obstructive behaviour from Orange, whether with respect to other operators wanting to invest in fibre-to-the-home [FTTH] networks, or to upgrading broadband networks to superfast and ultrafast systems’, the authority said in a press release. On the basis of these guidelines, next month Arcep is planning to launch public consultations on three draft analyses (of Market 3a, Market 3b and Market 4). Final decisions will be adopted in the second half of 2017.

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