ARCEP launches a public consultation on the cost model for unbundled residential and business access

Paris, 14th October 2005

In November 2004, Autorité de Régulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (ARCEP) published a regulatory model for the cost of unbundled residential access. It has subsequently updated this model three times.

This model evaluates the cost of a "consumer" DSL line for operators using unbundling.

ARCEP intends to complete this residential version with a business version, which models the specifics of a "business" DSL operator, as well as a "remote" version focusing on the specific case of rural distribution frames. ARCEP also plans to update the parameters of the residential model to reflect the market situation at end 2005.

Therefore, ARCEP launched a public consultation today which covers all three versions of the model. Players are invited to submit their contributions to the consultation to ARCEP by 30 October 2005.

Improving visibility for the sector

ARCEP is consulting players throughout the cost model development process, and publishing these models, in order to keep the sector informed of the tools it is using in making its regulatory choices, and to increase the visibility players have of changes to various wholesale tariffs.

With this aim, ARCEP will be publishing a collection cost model and an Internet access service provision cost model in coming months, which will complete the access cost model it has already developed.

The following documents are available for downloading :