ARCEP adopts a recommendation on implementing the obligation of completeness for fibre rollouts outside very high-density areas
Paris, 7 December 2015
There are tremendous local disparities between areas where optical fibre rollouts
have been and will be performed. Rollouts in rural areas are especially subject
to specific technical and operational constraints. Current regulations include
an obligation of "completeness" for deployments that seek to guarantee
full coverage of optical fibre service areas. As a result, it needs to made
clear what providing complete coverage of an optical fibre service area means,
particularly when that area includes isolated dwellings. Too strict an application
of the completeness rule is indeed likely to dampen stakeholders' rollout ambitions
in areas that contain a few isolated dwellings.
ARCEP therefore believes that a balance must be struck between the need to
ensure that the rollouts performed are indeed complete and comprehensive, and
the flexibility required to bring both public and private-initiative rollout
projects to completion.
This issue was raised in the report that Paul Champsaur submitted to the Minister
for the Economy, Industry and Digital Affairs and to the Secretary of State
for Digital Affairs, upon completion of a task force on the transition to superfast
networks and phasing out the legacy copper system(1).
ARCEP held a public consultation on its draft recommendation, which ran from
29 June to 18 September 2015 and which received 16 responses, in particular
from operators and local authorities, which helped the Authority to sharpen
The recommendation adopted by ARCEP includes the terms and conditions for implementing
the obligation of completeness in sparsely populated areas:
- ARCEP specifies the location of the last network connection point for isolated
dwellings and groups of isolated dwellings;
- ARCEP also provides a roadmap for the different stages of a rollout, to guarantee
that all of the homes in a given service area receive access to fibre within
a reasonable timeframe.
1 - Task force on the transition to superfast networks and phasing out the legacy
copper system, chaired by Mr Paul CHAMPSAUR, Final report, December 2014