ARCEP unveils an overall system that will enable the swift and consistent nationwide development of fixed broadband and ultra-fast broadband.

Paris, 27 July 2010

To meet the new challenges of broadband and ultra-fast broadband, ARCEP is working to establish an appropriate global regulatory framework. This work will not only help spur the deployment of optical fibre across the country, but also meet the growing demand for better broadband coverage, in particular by extending unbundling and increasing access speeds.

ARCEP submits its draft decision on deploying optical fibre nationwide (outside high-density zones) to the Competition Authority (1)

As a complement to its Decision of 22 December 2009, which specifies some of the regulations governing fibre rollouts in high-density areas in France, ARCEP is submitting its draft decision on deploying optical fibre in the rest of the country (around 80% of the population) to the Competition Authority for its opinion. This draft document takes account of the input obtained from stakeholders during the public consultation on the initial draft decision that was held in June, and particularly those who are in favour of swift coverage for areas where sharing schemes are in place.

ARCEP submits its draft decision on the economic terms and conditions governing access to France Telecom civil engineering to public consultation (2)

ARCEP has submitted a new draft decision on the economic terms and conditions governing access to France Telecom civil engineering to a public consultation that will run until 15 September 2010. The first draft had provided an opportunity to verify the system's structural elements, while the new version takes better account of those needs that are specific to the most sparsely populated areas of the country.

ARCEP submits its analysis of markets 4 and 5 to public consultation (3)

ARCEP has submitted its analysis of the wholesale market for access to physical network infrastructure that comprise the local loop (market 4) and the wholesale bitstream market (market 5), along with its assessment of the completed regulatory cycle (2008-2010). The main regulatory amendments being proposed concern:

 

  • extending the relevant market to aerial infrastructure;
  • regulating systems for increasing access rates and local sub-loop access;
  • bitstream pricing.

ARCEP produces a progress report on the supervision of projects devoted to increasing network access speeds (4)

In accordance with the guidelines it published in February, ARCEP is issuing a progress report on work devoted to standardising the technical and economic solutions employed for increasing access rates on existing ADSL networks. By the end of the year, local authorities will have all of the tools they need to bring their projects to completion.

ARCEP is producing a cost model for optical fibre rollouts

By the end of the year, ARCEP will have assessed the total cost of deploying an optical fibre network nationwide, and will provide its views on what can be financed by the private sector and what might require public financing. To this end, it will be submitting a technical-economic model to public consultation in the autumn.