ARCEP publishes the responses to the public consultation on its analysis of the market for wholesale inter-territorial trunk segments of leased lines, terminating in the overseas territorial collectivities of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy, and submits its market analysis to the Competition authority for feedback

Paris, 28 April 2011

Today, ARCEP is submitting its analysis of the market for wholesale inter-territorial trunk segments of leased lines terminating in the overseas territorial collectivities of Saint Martin and Saint Barthélemy - in other words the transport capacity that connects these islands to global networks - to the French Competition authority for feedback. The Competition authority has six weeks, i.e. until 9 June, to provide ARCEP with its opinion of this analysis.

ARCEP submitted a first version of its market analysis to a public consultation that ran from 3 to 31 March 2011, to which it received four responses. With the exception of those protected by business secrecy, these responses along with a summary of them are being made public today.

The market analysis that is being submitted to the Competition authority today for feedback is a document that has been revised to take account of these responses.

After having considered the opinion of the Competition authority, ARCEP will submit a draft decision to the European Commission and to the national regulatory authorities in the other European Union Member States. This draft decision will also be submitted to a last public consultation in June.

Once this stage has been completed, ARCEP will adopt its final decision.