ARCEP adopts its decision regulating the wholesale market for terrestrial television broadcasting services from 2012 to 2015

Paris, 17 September 2012

On 11 September 2012, the Authority adopted a decision confirming that wholesale terrestrial television broadcasting services is a relevant market susceptible to ex ante regulation during the cycle that runs from 2012 to 2015, as well as operator TDF's significant power in this market. ARCEP has also defined the obligations of access, transparency and non-discrimination and the pricing obligations imposed on TDF as a result.

The decision brings to a close the market analysis process that ARCEP began in late 2011. This exercise included a series of exchanges with the sector's stakeholders in the form of public consultations and bilateral meetings. The chosen regulatory options are in line with the opinions that ARCEP received from the French Competition Authority and broadcasting authority CSA which called on ARCEP to continue to work on ensuring lasting competition in this market. The final decision also takes the utmost account of remarks received from the European Commission which shares ARCEP's analysis and the main directions taken in the decision.

The decision and the remedies it imposes carry forward those of the previous cycle. Some regulations have nevertheless been adjusted to ensure greater transparency and foreseeability in the marketplace.