Orange France will stop accepting new applications for a traditional phone line over its switched telephone network from November, as part of its plan to phase out PSTN services. Le Parisien writes that a pilot project for the PSTN switch-off in fourteen municipalities of the Finistere department was successful, prompting Orange’s decision to introduce the project on a national scale. The shutdown of Orange’s PSTN network is expected to begin in 2023.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in February 2016 Orange informed Arcep of its intention to gradually phase out its PSTN network. Arcep said that it will impose a number of requirements on the operator, in particular that Orange must give a notice of the shutdown in any part of the country at least five years in advance, while also saying that it will ensure that the conditions under which the technological transition is carried out guarantee fair and effective competition between operators.