Arcep publishes for consultation its draft analysis of fixed and mobile call termination markets from 2017 to 2020
Paris, 25 April 2017
Arcep has begun a new round of analysis for wholesale fixed and mobile call
termination markets, for the period running from 2017 to 2020.
To this end, Arcep is launching a public consultation on:
- The document entitled, "Scorecard on the previous round of fixed
and mobile call termination regulation in Metropolitan France and its overseas
markets, and future regulatory outlook";
- Its draft analysis decision on wholesale fixed and mobile call termination;
- The technical-economic cost models for fixed and mobile call termination in
This market analysis will then be submitted to the Competition authority
for an opinion, then notified to the European Commission before adopting the
final decision before the end of the year.
Regulating call termination to free up exchanges between networks
The call termination (CT) rate is the fee that Operator A pays Operator B when
one of Operator A's customers calls one of Operator B's customers. It pays Operator
B for the cost of relaying the call on its network.
Introduced in 2002, call termination regulation has enabled, among other things,
the emergence and widespread availability of unlimited calling offers in France,
which are now included in most mobile plans and with most fixed operators' IP
Following through on the previous rounds of market analysis, for the period
running from 2017 to 2020 Arcep intends to maintain fixed and mobile wholesale
call termination, and once again to impose non-discrimination, transparency,
separate accounting, cost accounting and price supervision obligations on all
fixed and mobile operators.
Planned stabilisation of maximum CT rates
For 2017 to 2020, Arcep plans on a stabilisation of maximum fixed call termination
rates, and a moderate decrease in maximum mobile call termination rates.
|Up to 31/12/2017
|from 01/01/2018 to 31/12/2018
|From 01/01/2019 to 31/12/2019
|Starting on 01/01/2020
Access obligations: streamlining interconnection architectures to bolster
Operators that pay for call termination services connect their networks to
vendor operators' networks at points of interconnection that are determined
by the latter. To allow client operators to take full advantage of IP technology
(which offers greater capacities), Arcep believes it necessary to explicitly
encourage greater efficiency by:
- Encouraging the sharing of interconnection points for fixed and mobile
networks belonging to the same vendor operator, and for the networks of vendor
operators belonging to the same group;
- Ensuring that the number of interconnection points required by a vendor
operator corresponds only to what is necessary and sufficient for relaying
call termination traffic under sufficiently secure conditions.
Stakeholders are invited to submit their feedback to Arcep before 2 June 2017.