ART submits to the Conseil de la concurrence its analysis of the wholesale market for broadband access delivered at the national level, and publishes a summary of the contributions of market players

Paris, 5 November 2004

On 5th October, ART published a summary of the contributions to its public consultation of 23 June 2004 on the retail high-speed market and the wholesale market for unbundling and DSL offers delivered at the regional level (option 3 and regional option 5, under the former framework).

Concerning the wholesale market for DSL access offers delivered at the national level (primarily national option 5, under the former framework), ART invited concerned players to submit an additional contribution, following complementary elements sent by France Telecom.

In light of the contributions received, ART proposes designating France Telecom as powerful operator on this market and easing regulation, by raising the current a priori pricing control.

In accordance with article L. 37-1 of the Post and Electronic Communications Code, ART has requested the opinion of the Conseil de la concurrence on its analysis of the delimitation of the market and on the designation of France Telecom as powerful operator. This opinion is of particular importance since, given the current dynamic on the wholesale market for high-speed offers delivered at the national level, ART is envisaging completely removing obligations on this market at end 2005.

Following receipt of the opinion of the Conseil de la concurrence on the high-speed markets, ART will submit all elements to the European Commission, and will then take decisions establishing the scope of the regulated markets, the powerful operator on this market and the obligations to which this operator will be subject.

ART confirms on this occasion that the regulation of the retail high-speed market would be established by the Conseil de la concurrence. Ex ante regulation would be excessive given the competitive dynamics on the retail high-speed market in France.

In this context of eased obligations, it is important that all players have the same references to determine what is and is not authorised. In coming months, ART will publish elements and cost models on the various services provided by France Telecom and its competitors: IP collection and transport, and service provision.

A first model, regarding the cost of unbundled access, is now available on ART's web site, with an explanatory note.

Linked documents

N.B.: The request to the Conseil, the review of the two public consultations on national offers and all contributions not covered by professional secrecy, are available today (in french only) :

The reponses of players :

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Summary submitted to the Conseil de la Concurrence of the two public consultations on the wholesale market for broadband access delivered at the national level ( pdf (pdf - 271 Ko)  - 270 Ko) fr
 Analysis submitted to the Conseil de la Concurrence of the wholesale market for broadband access delivered at the national level : market delimitation and powerful operator ( pdf (pdf - 488 Ko)  - 487 Ko) fr
 Explanatory note on the regulatory model for the cost of unbundled access ( pdf (pdf - 391 Ko)  391 Ko) fr
 Cost model of unbundled access ( xls (xls - 222 Ko)  222 Ko) fr