Arcep rules in favour of Iliad in FTTH dispute with Orange

25 Jun 2018

France’s telecoms regulator Arcep has ruled in favour of domestic operator Iliad (Free) in its dispute with market leader Orange over access to fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) infrastructure in medium density areas. Iliad signed a co-financing deal with Orange France in July 2011, under which close to 60 agglomerations – including a total of some 1,300 municipalities or five million homes – will be covered by 2020. In November 2017, however, Iliad filed a complaint with Arcep over the duration of the rights of use over the co-financed network, looking to extend the 20-year period granted by Orange. The regulator ruled that Orange should give Iliad access rights for a period of at least 40 years, under transparent and predictable conditions. Further, Arcep ordered Orange to allow Free Mobile to connect its mobile base stations to supernumerary fibres of the FTTH network, subject to availability, and to gain information from Orange regarding how the different tariffs relating to the co-financed networks are established.

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