Arcep publishes its broadcasting market scorecard for 2016

Paris, 19 June 2017

The scorecard measures market share, upstream and downstream wholesale broadcasting market competition. The outstanding events of 2016 were:

- The transition from eight to six multiplexes, resulting in a 25% decrease in the downstream wholesale market;

- TDF's acquisition of Itas-Tim, reducing the number of broadcasters from three to two.

TDF's acquisition of Itas-Tim decreased alternative operators' overall market share. They now broadcast 22.5% of multiplex frequencies, compared to 33.7% in 2015. This takeover also reduced the number of alternative infrastructures: as of 31 December 2016, only 8.9% of multiplex frequencies were being broadcast from a non-TDF site.

This acquisition has also resulted in TDF group having two broadcasting sites in certain areas. In each of these areas, TDF has committed to keeping only one site for all of the new DTT broadcasting contracts it signs for the area, for both the downstream and upstream wholesale markets. Regarding the latter:

- if the chosen site is the TDF site, it will be listed in the company's published reference offer or communicated, in accordance with the obligations defined in Arcep Decision No. 2015-1583 of 15 December 2015 ;

- if the chosen site is an Itas-Tim site, a bespoke upstream wholesale market access solution will be created, which will be communicated to Arcep and to any alternative broadcaster that requests it, at least one month before the first round of tender submissions for the contract.

For those areas that require a downstream wholesale market tender process to take place between 1 June 2017 and 31 May 2018, with services due to launch before the end of 2018, TDF group has already chosen the site that will be used.

Linked documents

2016 Scorecard (in French only)