France’s Authority of Regulation for Electronic Communications and Posts (Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes, Arcep) has opened a consultation regarding the extension of certain spectrum licences held by Orange Reunion and Orange Mayotte, as it seeks to harmonise its licensing regime.
The frequency permits in question – which incorporate the 900MHz band in Mayotte and 900MHz/1800MHz spectrum in Reunion – are set to be extended from 24 March 2021 until 30 April 2025, but the watchdog is keen to gauge feedback from industry players before going ahead. Arcep seeks to extend the licences, which were awarded in 2006 (No. 2006-0141) and 2007 (No. 2007-0156), so that they expire alongside concessions issued in 2016.
The consultation will remain open for feedback until 4 November 2019.