French telecoms regulator Arcep has adopted a number of decisions aimed at ensuring competition in the fixed markets for the period 2017-2020, including allowing alternative operators better access to Orange France’s infrastructure. The purpose of these draft decisions is to define the asymmetric regulation (i.e. which applies only to the SMP operator Orange) for the three broadband and superfast broadband markets, namely: wholesale local access provided at a fixed location (Market 3a); wholesale central access provided at a fixed location for mass-market products (Market 3b); and wholesale high-quality access provided at a fixed location (Market 4). The Arcep said that the changes to the regulatory framework will enable more fluid rollout processes thanks to a more streamlined civil engineering offer from Orange, in addition to making alternative operators more autonomous and improving the indicators used to monitor quality of service. By eliciting the involvement of every operator, the regulator hopes to maximise the sector’s investment and marketing capabilities, and thereby accelerate broadband subscribers’ migration to superfast access plans.