Paris, 9 January 2017
Stimulate competition, accelerate subscribers' migration
Three public consultations* held in recent months have enabled Arcep to fine
tune and deepen its understanding of the current state of the fixed market,
and what it needs going forward. In keeping with the conclusions of its strategic
review, today Arcep is publishing a summary document that details its main findings.
The purpose of these guidelines is to give market players clarity, with a view
to the forthcoming launch of consultations on market analyses that will establish
the regulatory framework up to 2020.
In this document, Arcep sketches out its views on the market, and identifies
the regulatory challenges for the coming years. Its aim is to adapt regulation
to the key objectives that have been identified: step up investments across
the whole of France, and establish a targeted action plan for the business services
Encourage investment in superfast broadband, and enable French businesses'
Arcep notes and welcomes the investment effort that Orange has made. This momentum
must now spread to all market players. Through its actions, Arcep will work
to prevent any obstructive behaviour from Orange, whether with respect to other
operators wanting to invest in FttH networks, or to upgrading broadband networks
to superfast and ultrafast systems.
For the business market, Arcep will propose a set of regulatory measures to
expand the range of "enhanced quality" products available to businesses
on FttH networks, to lay the groundwork for new players specialising in infrastructures
dedicated to businesses, and to prevent any potential obstacles to healthy competition.
Next step: publish draft fixed market analysis decisions for public consultation
Based on these guidelines, one month from now Arcep will publish three draft
market analysis decisions for consultation: on wholesale local access provided
at a fixed location ("market 3a"), wholesale central access provided
at a fixed location for mass-market products ("market 3b") and wholesale
high-quality access provided at a fixed location ("market 4"). These
drafts will then be submitted to the Competition Authority for an opinion, along
with the responses received from stakeholders as part of the public consultation.
After having taken all of this feedback into account, the revised draft decisions
will be submitted to a second public consultation, then notified to the European
The final decisions will be adopted in the second half of 2017.
(*) Public consultations on the current status and future outlook of the fixed
market, on the development of the "business" market and on copper