Newsletter ARCEP


December 2016 
The Post

photo"User experience rules"

Here is a resolutely modern expression that, for once, doesn't come from the French. Since, when Mark Zuckerberg or Larry Page says that user experience primes above all, they are expressing one of the most fundamental truths of this early part of the 21st century: that user experience is capable of creating new kinds of reality. When the experience of a chauffer-driven car is so much better than a taxi ride, or when an open source encyclopaedia like Wikipedia is so much more accessible and well-documented than the good old Britannica, it creates new standards. Despite which States all too rarely take an experience-based approach, but typically remain rooted instead in the realm of the theoretical. So it is a major social challenge that we have before us: to rethink the user experience with the help of digital technology, to enable more efficient government action, and possibly propose new normative approaches.

Read the editorial in its entirety

Gilles Babinet, Digital Champion - ‎European Commission, entrepreneur


Regulation in action

Arcep keeps up the pressure on mobile rollouts in sparsely populated areas!

Because one of Arcep's top priorities us ensuring that every corner of the country is connected, in February 2016 the Authority created a scorecard on mobile rollouts in low-density areas. Updated quarterly, this scorecard provides a detailed snapshot of the series of rollout obligations that operators must meet:

- 2G and 3G rollouts in the 3,800 town centres that are part of the "Town centre - not-spot" programme " which were bereft of coverage at the time of the various censuses conducted since 2003, and to which operators must provide basic coverage (voice and mobile internet);

- 4G rollouts in sparsely populated areas, which concern more than 22,500 municipalities, or 18% of the population and 63% of France's land mass. Operators with a 4G licence (800 MHz band) are required to be covering 40% of the population in these areas by 17 January 2017.

The dashboard summarising operators' rollouts by quarter is available on the Arcep website, and all information is available in open data files.

Find out more (in French)


Tomorrow by the numbers
Mobile devices will account for 79% of global internet use in 2018. (Source: Zenith, Mobile Advertising Forecasts)

On our radar  

Laure Lucchesi, Director of Etalab

The 2016 Open Government Partnership Global Summit has just come to a close in Paris. One of the key players behind this international event is Etalab, the federal government service that oversees the French State's open data and data sharing policies. Etalab also manages the national portal on which Arcep regularly publishes its datasets as open data files.


News from around the world
IPv4: soon to be history?

Since 7 November 2016, the IAB (Internet Architecture Board) - the committee in charge of overseeing and guiding the internet's evolution through various organisations such as IANA, IETF and IRTF - has recommended that, from hereon in, internet operating standards be designed and enhanced solely for IPv6, without seeking backwards compatibility with IPv4.

Arcep welcomes the IAB decision, which is a major milestone in the adoption process for IPv6, which must usher in simplification, security and innovation.

IAB statement on IPv6
Government report on the rollout status of IPv6 in France (in French)
Arcep scorecard on the transition to IPv6 (in French)


Arcep like

Arcep likes

The European Commission encourages start-ups

European start-ups are vital to building tomorrow's economy. They must be able to take full advantage of the possibilities opened up by the single market. This is the ambition of the European Commission which unveiled a series of measures and actions in late November.

The Commission has made three key proposals to this end:
- Improved access to finance, with the creation of a pan-European venture capital fund of funds;
- A second chance for entrepreneurs in terms of insolvency;
- Simpler tax filings.

The Commission also wants to enable the creation of ecosystems between entrepreneurs, investors and academia. All of which opens the way for the creation of a European Innovation Council.

Find out more


Field notes

French overseas markets: Arcep travels to Mayotte and Réunion

Tout terrain In early December, Arcep travelled to Réunion and Mayotte to meet with local authorities, local federal government representatives and operators. The trip gave Arcep an opportunity to deepen its knowledge and understanding of the Réunionese and Mahoran markets on the spot.

The arrival of 4G in December marks a turning point in digital development on these two islands.

In Réunion, fibre rollouts are progressing at a steady clip, and private investment there is substantial. Arcep will keep a close eye on ultrafast rollouts to ensure that investments are made in a way that benefits everyone, not least consumers.

Well said trait

" It's their role [regulators in Europe] to actually make sure that we continue to evolve in a fair environment and that vested interests also have to innovate. I mean to push for innovation. (...) If you have someone who's constantly pulling the carpet from under you when you're trying to walk, it's a bit annoying. "

Frédéric Mazzella, the founder and chief executive of BlaBlaCar (11/10/16 - Politico)

Meanwhile, in Brussels...

Summary of the Council of the European Union meeting devoted to telecommunications and postal services

European ministers responsible for digital affairs met in Brussels on 2 December during a session of the Council of the EU devoted to telecoms. Along with the Parliament, the Council, which represents Member States' governments, is one of the European Union's main decision-making bodies, where European laws are examined, amended and adopted.
At the heart of these Council debates were:
- the planned elimination of roaming tariffs on 15 June 2017;
- the deployment of 5G;
- the free flow of data;
- financing free Wi-Fi access in local communities;
- and cross-border parcel delivery.

The ministers also debated the proposed review of the telecoms package, instituting a new European electronic communications code.

Press release on wholesale roaming markets
Press release on installing free WiFi4EU internet connections


Arcep, telling it like it is

Photo "The parcel market, and especially the cross-border parcel market, is as at the forefront of regulation. The European Commission has submitted draft regulation aimed at energising parcel traffic in Europe. A few figures: e-commerce represents €510 billion in Europe in 2016 (including €73 billion in France) but only 16% of this traffic today is cross-border.

To better understand this market, which represents a real growth opportunity for both the postal and e-commerce sectors, and to prepare Arcep's action plan in the follow-up to the draft regulation's adoption, the Authority created a team dedicated to this issue.

Our work is focusing on:
- co-chairing the working group devoted to cross-border parcel delivery within the European Regulator Group for Postal Services (ERGP), with the German regulator;
- roughly a dozen meetings with the sector's stakeholders, whether online shopping sites or retailers;
- the workshop held on 7 December that provided an opportunity for the players to compare their views on the changes at work;
- the publication in early 2017, in association with the Directorate-General for Enterprise (DGE), of a study on cross-border parcel shipments originating in France, for the purposes of e-commerce.

J. Coulier & A. Peroneau ("Mail, parcel & broadcast" department), T. Jeans & J. Gerbaud ("Europe & international" department), J. Siroteau & B. Amar ("Economy, markets & digital" department) & A. Gandar ("Legal affairs" department)

Mark your calendar


GRACO annual conference - 10 January 2017

"Meeting the challenge of small businesses' digital transformation" is the theme of this year's GRACO (the discussion forum between Arcep, local authorities and operators) conference.

Information and registration (in French)



5 to 8 January 2017 in Las Vegas
Consumer Electronics Show (CES)

... one of the world's biggest, if not the biggest, trade shows devoted to technology and innovation. CES is more than 3,600 exhibitors from the world over, 170,000 industry visitors and some 2,000 products and innovations on display every year. Sébastien Soriano, Chairman of Arcep and BEREC, the body of European regulators, will be on hand to take part in workshop titled: "Internet of Things: Benefits, Challenges and Opportunities"
Find out more

1 February 2017 in Brussels
BEREC Internet of Things workshop

One year after publishing its report on the Internet of Things, BEREC is hosting an experts workshop to take stock of the sector's progress. Questions regarding privacy, security, interoperability and connectivity will all be on the agenda, along with case studies of the transportation and energy sectors. The event will be live streamed on the BEREC website.




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