ARCEP begins the third cycle of market analysis (2011-2013) for wholesale mobile call termination

Paris, 23 April 2010

ARCEP is launching a public consultation that marks the start of the third cycle of analysis of the wholesale market for voice call termination on mobile networks in Metropolitan France and the French overseas markets, which could result in the regulation of these markets for a period of three years (2011-2013). This consultation will run to 24 May 2010.

The Authority’s analysis finds that all mobile operators enjoy significant market power. In keeping with existing market regulation, ARCEP feels it is necessary to maintain operators’ access, non discrimination, transparency and tariff supervision obligations.

The details of these obligations, and particularly those concerning tariff supervision, which could be imposed as a result of the analysis have not been specified as yet. This will occur in summer 2010 – with a second public consultation due to take place at that time.

This analysis is accompanied by a document that contains a scorecard for the second cycle of regulation of these markets.