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Regulation of the wholesale terrestrial TV broadcasting market


Following the public consultation it held from 27 November to 12 December 2018, Arcep is confirming its plans to extend regulation of the wholesale terrestrial broadcasting market for another two years. Today, it is launching a public consultation on those elements that it is proposing to use to calculate the price of regulated terrestrial broadcasting services on sites that have been deemed non-replicable, in 2019 and 2020.

The market analysis decision (1) requires TDF to offer upstream wholesale terrestrial TV broadcasting services and access to the associated resources on non-replicable sites, at cost-oriented prices. As such, TDF is subject to multi-annual price supervision that is detailed in the annex to this Decision.

Arcep's planned extension of this regulation will set out the price curves for the maximum rates that can be charged for services provided on sites that have been deemed non-replicable, in 2019 and 2020. To this end, Arcep is submitting the market structure hypotheses for the period in question for consultation, to determine these updated rates.

This consultation also stipulates the cost attribution principles that Arcep plans to employ when setting the cost curves for the Eiffel Tower, following the changes to the terms of occupancy for that location.

Arcep is also launching a simultaneous consultation on a draft decision setting the rate of return on capital for television broadcasting activities in 2019 and 2020.

Contributions to both of these consultations must be received by 25 March 2019.

Today, Arcep is also publishing the contributions and opinions it received from broadcasting authority, CSA, and France's Competition Authority, in response to the public consultation launched on 27 November 2018.

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(1) Arcep Decision No. 2015-1583 of 15 December 2015 on defining the wholesale market for digital terrestrial television broadcasting services, on the designation of an operator that has significant power in this market and the obligations imposed on this operator as a result.