Adoption of the 4th analysis decision on the wholesale market for digital terrestrial TV broadcasting
Paris, 17 December 2015
Audiovisual broadcasting: ARCEP adapts its regulation to a market in decline
ARCEP has been responsible for regulating the wholesale market for digital
terrestrial TV (DTT) broadcasting services since 2006.
ARCEP reviewed its analysis of this market through a process that began in
late 2014, during which the sector's stakeholders as well as national and European
institutions were consulted. After having received positive responses from France's
Competition Authority and broadcasting authority, CSA (Conseil supérieur
de l'audiovisuel), and having taken into consideration the observations of the
European Commission and the positions expressed by the sector's stakeholders
during the two public consultations held on the matter, today ARCEP adopted
its analysis Decision No. 2015-1583 on the wholesale market for digital terrestrial
For this fourth round of analysis, ARCEP has adapted its regulation to a market
in decline. Eventually, because of the structural changes in viewing habits
and the networks, the market could be deregulated (1). Under these circumstances,
the main objective of the next round of regulation will be to continue to lift
any remaining obstacles to infrastructure-based competition to encourage shared
investments, under a tower company model, while motivating multiplexes, i.e.
buyers, to become fully aware of the vital role they play in stimulating competition.
ARCEP is also publishing the responses it received to the public consultation
on its draft decision, which ran from 12 June to 15 July 2015, along with a
summary of these responses and the European Commission's observations of 25
November 2015 on the draft decision notified on 26 October 2015.
(1) In its observations of 25 November 2015 on the draft decision notified by
ARCEP, "the Commission welcomes the efforts that ARCEP has made to reduce
the regulatory burden over the course of the next round, with a view to full
market deregulation in due course".