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Net neutrality : ARCEP publishes a summary of current regulation

Alongside our European counterparts within BEREC, ARCEP is highly engaged in preparing the implementation of the newly adopted regulation on Net Neutrality.

In this context, ARCEP has published the English translation of a document published on September 21, which delivers a summary of the current regulatory framework, with a view to the newly adopted regulation, and of the legal provisions being introduced at the national level in France.

For informational purposes, four fact sheets have been produced on the main points addressed by the new regulatory framework: traffic management, commercial practices, optimised services that are distinct from internet access and the quality of internet access services.

Each of these fact sheets explains the underlying issues, and sets them in the context of the current situation in France. They then describe what will change as a result of the new European regulation.

The summary of net neutrality regulation in France and the fact sheets are available to download

Fact sheet 1: Traffic management

Fact sheet 2: New commercial practices

Fact sheet 3: Optimised services that are distinct from internet access

Fact sheet 4: Quality of internet access services

European Parliament and Council's regulation of 26 november 2015

Newswire

May

25

Mobile network sharing -

 

 

Arcep exercises its newfound authority over mobile network sharing :

publishes guidelines and finalises its analysis of existing agreements
Press release

May

23

The Internet of Things: -

Arcep is seeking to deepen its dialogue with the sectors that are bound to be deeply affected by the IoT, through three thematic workshops. Arcep is launching a dedicated website to share its approach to this topic.
Press release
IoT web site

May

19

Mobile connectivity in the regions -

Arcep publishes its scorecard on mobile rollouts in sparsely populated areas .
Press release

May

19

Price Changes -

Arcep publishes its findings on price changes for fixed and mobile services in Metropolitan France in 2015.
Press release

May

19

Homage -

It is with sadness that Arcep learns of the passing of former Executive Board member, Bernard Zuber.
Press release

May

13

Enterprise market -

Arcep launches a second public consultation on its cost model for the dedicated optical fibre local loop. This public consultation will run until 20 June 2016.
Press release

May

12

Sanction -

Arcep sanctions an operator for failing to meet its financing obligations with respect to the universal electronic communications service.
Press release
Arcep's decision

May

10

Net neutrality -

Arcep hosting a workshop on the new regulatory framework for an open internet, on 11 May
Press release

May

10

3G/4G in overseas markets -

On 29 January, on Arcep's suggestion, the Government issued five calls for applications with a view to allocating 3G and 4G frequencies in France's overseas departments. Arcep received 25 applications in response, before the deadline of 12 pm on 10 May 2016.
Press release

May

3

Mobiles Services -

Arcep published 1st Quarter 2016 figures of the mobile market in France.
The Observatory

Apr

29

Homage -

ARCEP pays homage to Claude Shannon, one of the fathers of electronic communications. Celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the American mathematician, on 30 April 2016.
Press release

Apr

25

Regional Affairs -

ARCEP delivers an update on the quality of the Orange telephone network, and calls on the Government to strengthen universal service specifications.
Press release

Apr

15

Overseas Markets -

Arcep provides additional details on the call for applications for 3G and 4G frequency allocations in French overseas markets.
Press release

Apr

13

Quality of Fixed Internet Access Serices -

ARCEP publishes its QoS scorecard for fixed internet access services in the second half of 2015.
Press release

Apr

7

Electronic communication market -

Arcep publishes market figures in Q4 2015. The number of 4G cards doubles in a year and the number of very high-speed access increase of 40% in one year.
The Observatory

Mar

30

Spectrum and innovation -

ARCEP begins a round of analysis and experimentation on the utilisation of the 3400 – 3600 MHz and 2570 – 2620 MHz bands, and authorises two trials.
Press release

Mar

25

Optical Fibre -

ARCEP welcomes the adoption of the Fibre decree, and the due consideration given by the Government to the recommendations contained in its opinion.
Press release

Mar

4

Broadband and superfast broadband market -

ARCEP has published its electronic communications market indicators

for the fixed broadband and superfast broadband market (services, rollouts and

subscriptions) in France in the fourth quarter of 2015. Press release

Feb

26

Appointment -

Guillaume Mellier will take up the position of Director of ARCEP's Fixed Access and Local Authority Relations Department on 7 March 2016.
Press release

Feb

19

Unbundling and copper product -

ARCEP adopts price caps for 2016 - 2017
Communication of Arcep

Feb

18

Regional mobile connectivity -

Arcep launches an observatory on mobile network 2G, 3G and 4G rollout obligations in sparsely populated areas. Bouygues Telecom and SFR have been ordered to meet the obligations set for the 17 January 2017 deadline to cover 40% of the population in sparsely populated area. ARCEP approves the draft agreement between the four operators on town-centre coverage programme.
Press release

Feb

16

Fixed Telephony -

ARCEP has begun multilateral work on the prospect of Orange shutting down its switched telephone network.
Press release

Feb

2

Overseas Markets -

Arcep invites interested parties to submit their applications for 3G and 4G spectrum in overseas markets.
Press release

Jan

27

IPv6 -

French Government solicits ARCEP's opinion on the deployment of IPv6
Press release

Jan

21

Overseas markets -

ARCEP publishes its statement on roaming charges in overseas markets.
Press release

Jan

19

Strategic Review -

ARCEP delivers the conclusions of its strategic review.
Press release

Jan

12

Mobile Network Sharing -

ARCEP publishes guidelines on roaming and mobile network sharing for consultation.
Press release

Dec

21

Digital Republic Bill -

ARCEP publishes its opinion to the Government on the Digital Republic bill.
Press release

Dec

17

Digital Terrestrial Television -

Adoption of the 4th analysis decision on the wholesale market for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting.
Press release

Dec

15

ARCEP revolution -

40 responses to the consultation and summary of "The digital barbarians are at the gate!" conference proceedings.
Press release

Dec

15

Internet Quality of Service -

ARCEP publishes the technical details of implementing the measures H1 2015.
The report
Technical details

Dec

14

Europe -

Chairman of ARCEP appointed BEREC Chair for 2017 and Vice-Chair for 2016.
Press release

Dec

9

700 MHz band -

ARCEP issues licences to the winning candidates
Press release

Dec

8

Europe -

ARCEP contributes to the European Commission public consultation on the review of the EU electronic communications regulatory framework.
Press release

Dec

7

Fibre -

ARCEP adopts guidelines on public-initiative network pricing.
Press release

Dec

7

Fibre -

ARCEP adopts a recommendation on implementing the obligation of completeness for fibre rollouts outside very high-density areas.
Press release

Dec

7

Fibre -

Change in the composition of the Committee of experts on fibre network sharing.
Press release

Dec

4

Net Neutrality -

ARCEP publishes a summary of current regulation.
Press release

Dec

3

Broadband and superfast broadband market -

Today ARCEP is publishing its electronic communications market indicators for the fixed broadband and superfast broadband market (services, rollouts and subscriptions) in France in the third quarter of 2015.
Press release

Dec

3

Investment -

ARCEP publishes its first report on mobile operators' investment efforts.
Press release

Dec

2

FRATEL -

FRATEL held its 13th annual meeting, this time devoted to the topic:

“What impact does network convergence have on electronic communications

regulation?”.
Press release

Nov

27

Uses -

ARCEP and the General economic council, CGE, are publishing the results of the annual survey on the adoption and use of information and communication technologies in France.
Press release

Nov

27

Enterprise market -

ARCEP launches a series of workshops for businesses
Press release

Nov

24

700 MHz Band -

inal results of the allocation procedure. The licences include coverage obligations as strong as those attached to the 800 MHz band, as well as new obligations pertaining to on-board coverage of everyday trains.
Press release

Nov

17

700 MHz Band -

The main auction closed today, at the end of 11 rounds, for a total of 2.796 billion euros. Bouygues Telecom, 1 block, Free Mobile 2, Orange 2, SFR 1.
Press release

Nov

12

Unbundling -

ARCEP publishes wholesale price caps for 2016 and 2017 for public consultation, in a bid to create a more investment-friendly environment for superfast broadband.
Press release

Nov

12

700 MHz band auction -

The auction for the allocation of 700 MHz band spectrum will begin on Monday in France, with four candidates taking part: Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR. ARCEP will issue an update on the status of the auction at the end of each day.
Press release

Nov

10

Site Sharing -

ARCEP specifies the terms and conditions of mast sharing between mobile operators.
Press release

Nov

9

Enterprise Market -

ARCEP launches a public consultation on its cost model for dedicated optical local loops.
Press release

Nov

5

Quality of fixed internet access services -

ARCEP publishes its scorecard on the quality of fixed internet access services in France, and issues a call for input on future changes to its observatory.
Press release

Oct

29

FttH -

Supported by ARCEP, Mégalis Bretagne is conducting trials on hosting its optical access nodes in Orange central offices
Press release

Oct

22

700 MHz Band -

Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR authorised to participate in the 700 MHz frequency auctions.
Press release

Oct

22

Simplification -

Changes being brought to the system for managing the assignment of numbering resources and certain frequency resources, to reduce processing times.
Press release

Oct

15

Mobile network sharing -

ARCEP will publish its mobile network sharing guidelines for public consultation before the end of the year
Press release

Oct

15

Postal sector / Advising the Government -

ARCEP publishes the opinion delivered to the Government on the cost of the La Poste print media transportation and distribution solution
Press release

Oct

9

Regulation in Europe -

Europe's telecom regulators tackle the Internet of Things and applying regulation to OTT
Press release

Oct

7

Advice to the Government -

ARCEP publishes its advice to the Government on measuring the use being made of bandwidth on internet access networks in France
Press release

Advice (in French)

Oct

6

Fibre -

ARCEP launches a public consultation on public initiative network pricing.
Press release

Oct

2

Intelligence -

The Chairman of ARCEP proposes Patrick PUGES for appointment as eminent

person to the National Commission for Monitoring Intelligence Techniques
Press release

Oct

1

Electronic communications market -

ARCEP published results of the observatory of the electronic communications market in France for the 2nd quarter 2015.
Figures

Sep

30

5G -

ARCEP authorises Orange to conduct the first trials in France
Press release

Sep

30

Value-added telephone services -

Starting on 1 October 2015, the rates charged for calls to special

numbers starting with 08 and to short numbers will be simpler and more

transparent. This will include a clear separation of the price of the

call and the rate charged for the value-added service (VAS). A new pricing display graphics is also introduced with the reform, which

associate a different colour with each of the three types of number:

green for freephone numbers, grey for “normal” rate numbers, and purple

for premium rate numbers.
Press release

Sep

29

700 MHz Band -

Fourth operators have filed their applications with ARCEP for 700 MHz band spectrum assignments
Press release

Sep

18

700 MHz Band -

ARCEP provides more details on the call for applications procedure for the 700 MHz band.
Press release

Sep

10

1800 MHz band -

ARCEP assigns frequencies in the 1800 MHz band to Free Mobile.
Press release

Sep

3

Broadband and Superfast Broadband Market -

ARCEP is publishing its electronic communications market indicators for wholesale and retail fixed broadband and superfast broadband services in France in the second quarter of 2015.
Press release

Sep

2

Investment -

As part of a dispute between Free and Orange, ARCEP imposes Orange to lift unfounded restriction measures on its unbundling services, to bolster investment in superfast mobile broadband
Press release

Aug

7

Fibre -

ARCEP adopts a decision on the operational processes for ultra-fast fibre network sharing.
Press release

Jul

31

700 MHz band -

ARCEP publishes the decision model it will use to award licences to the winning candidates.
Press release

Jul

30

4G / 1800 MHz Refarming -

ARCEP authorises SFR and Orange to use the 1800 MHz band for 4G services starting on 25 May 2016.
Press release

Jul

30

Mobiles Services -

ARCEP published 2nd Quarter 2015 figures of the mobile services observatory
The Observatory

Jul

30

Mobile service quality -

ARCEP publishes the result of its 2015 audit
Press release

Jul

9

700 MHz band -

ARCEP invites all parties interested in bidding on 700 MHz band frequencies to submit their application.
Press release

Jun

30

Net Neutrality -

ARCEP welcomes the agreement reached between European institutions.
Press release

Jun

29

FttH -

ARCEP submits to consultation a draft recommendation on implementing an obligation of completeness for fibre rollouts.
Press release

Jun

25

Strategic Review -

What regulatory priorities to help steer the digital transformation in France? ARCEP kicks off its strategic review.
Press release
Video of the press conference (in French only)
Interviews (in French only) : Rue89 AFP Radio Classique

Jun

23

ETNO MLex Conference -

Sebastien SORIANO's Keynote speech introducing a panel on "competition and competitiveness across the digital value chain" in the ETNO MLex Conference.
The speech (in english)

Jun

19

700 MHz band -

ARCEP submits its methods of allocation and terms of use for 700 MHz frequencies to the Electronic communications advisory committee, for its opinion.
Press release 

Jun

15

Numericable takeover of SFR -

France’s Competition authority and ARCEP approve the sale to the firm Hiridjee of the Outremer Telecom mobile operations that Numericable agreed to divest in Réunion and Mayotte.
Press release

Jun

12

DTT Broadcasting Services -

ARCEP launches a consultation on its draft decision on the wholesale market for terrestrial television broadcasting services.
Press release

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