Paris, 24 February 2000
The Autorité de régulation des télécommunications (ART) was created over 3 years ago. Today, major changes have taken place in the telecommunications industry impacting ART’s responsibilities. As a result, its chairman, Jean-Michel Hubert, has decided to adapt and simplify ART's organisation in order to make it clearer and to better meet the needs of the sector.
The new organisation was put in place on 21 February 2000.
The names of the department managers, whether new or returning, as well as their responsibilities are listed below.
The director general, Pierre-Alain Jeanneney, reporting to the chairman, manages and co-ordinates all the departments.
The Communication mission, for the chairman and college, proposes and applies ART’s communications activities.
The Administration and human resources department, led by Claudine Duchesne, manages all of ART’s resources.
The International department, led by Frédéric Puaux, prepares, co-ordinates and applies ART’s international actions.
The Legal department, led by Ivan Luben, is responsible for all legal aspects of ART’s activity. In particular, it guarantees the legality of its decisions.
The Economy and competition department, led by François Lions, is responsible for all economic and competition aspects of ART’s activity.
The Interconnection and new technologies department, led by Philippe Distler, is responsible for prospects and Internet, interconnection, access and unbundling, evaluating the conformity and admission of installers, and international standardisation.
The Operators and resources department, led by Jean Claude Jeanneret, is responsible for relations with telecommunications operators and for managing rare resources (frequencies and numbering).
The organisation chart and annexes show this organisation.
The director general, who reports to the chairman, manages and co-ordinates all the departments. He establishes the topics on which the college deliberates.
He is responsible for preparing the agenda and minutes of the college meetings, and for recording and distributing mail arriving at ART.
The Communication mission proposes and applies ART’s communications activities. In doing so, and on behalf of the chairman and college, it handles:
- press relations
- managing and updating the Internet site
- preparing and drafting the annual report
- relations with parliamentary institutions
- drafting the newsletter
- organising the "ART Meetings"
The Administration and human resources department manages all of ART’s resources. It is also responsible for in-house communication and for updating the intranet.
It has three units and one mission:
- human resources and social relations unit
- programming, budget and management control unit
- information systems and general affairs unit
- documentation mission
The International department prepares, co-ordinates and applies ART’s international actions. In doing so, it does the following:
- assists in inter-ministerial co-ordination on international and European issues regarding telecommunications
- liaises with the European Union and the Independent Regulators Group, as well as with other international institutions, in particular ITU, CEPT, ECTRA, OECD and OMC
- relations and co-operation, including technical assistance, with foreign regulators and ministries
- analysis and treatment of issues regarding international telecommunications and implementation of ART competencies for equivalence of treatment
It has three units:
- European affairs unit
- international telecommunications unit
- international relations unit
The Legal department is responsible for all legal aspects of ART’s activity. In particular, it guarantees the legality of its decisions. It advises and assists other departments. In addition, it:
- prepares proposals and opinions made by ART in legislative and regulatory areas
- conducts dispute settlement and sanctions procedures
- is responsible for disputes files
- provides relations with external legal council
- provides contacts with the Journal officiel
The Economy and competition department is responsible for all economic and competition aspects of ART’s activity. In doing so, it does the following:
- prepares and implements the external studies programme
- observes and evaluates markets
- appreciates the economic impacts of regulation
- liaises with consumers and consumer associations
- analyses the operation of markets, competitive behaviour control and relations with competition authorities
- observes retail prices, and controls them when necessary
- measures costs and controls operator interconnection tariffs
- evaluates universal service costs
It has four units:
- economic audit and evaluation unit
- consumers, tariffs and service quality unit
- competition and markets unit
- market observation and external studies unit
The Interconnection and new technologies department is responsible for :
- analysing changes in the telecommunications sector and information society and evaluates the technological and industrial stakes
- prepares and co-ordinates ART action for Internet
- proposes, co-ordinates and implements ART action for interconnection, access and unbundling
- international standardisation
- evaluates the conformity of terminating equipment
- admits installers
It has four units and one mission:
- prospects unit
- Internet unit
- interconnection and access unit
- conformity and control evaluation unit
- international standardisation mission
The Operators and resources department is responsible for relations with telecommunications operators and for managing rare resources. It:
- examines authorisations for public telecommunications networks and public telephone services
- examines and grants authorisations for independent networks
- plans, manages and allocates frequency resources
- establishes and manages the national numbering plan and allocates numbering resources
- monitors operator activities and ensures they respect their obligations
It has five units:
- mobile operators unit
- fixed operators unit
- business and municipal networks unit
- frequencies unit
- numbering unit