Newsletter ARCEP


January 2017 
The Post

photo From the telephone modernisation plan of the 1970s to today’s superfast broadband plan, our country has proven its ability to mobilise around vast infrastructure projects. But, working as closely with those in the field as possible, regulation also needs to be agile to support the development of networks, SMEs’ digitisation, high quality and innovative services. In other words, it must be open to experimentation, to operators’ initiatives to satisfy the demand for efficiency being continually reiterated by citizens and businesses alike, for which “it is indispensable, vital… it has to work!”

Pierre-Jean Benghozi, Arcep Executive Board member


Regulation in action

Encourage all operators to invest in fibre

On 9 January, Arcep published regulatory guidelines for broadband and superfast broadband markets, with two main objectives in mind:

- Regarding rollouts and infrastructures, the aim is for all residential market players to invest. To this end, Arcep announced its intention to lift the obstacles impeding alternative operators’ and local authorities’ investments, and subscribers’ migration from broadband to superfast broadband plans;

- In the business market, regulation is geared to building a mass market for fibre access for small and medium enterprises (SME), by increasing the range of products available to businesses on FttH networks and laying the groundwork for new players specialising in infrastructures dedicated to businesses.

These guidelines will be the subject of three draft decisions, which will be published for public consultation next month.

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Tomorrow by the numbers
Artificial intelligence is expected to increase productivity in France by 20% between now and 2035, according to a study from Accenture Institute of High Performance and Frontier Economics.

On our radar  

Monique Liebert-Champagne, new Arcep Executive Board member

On 30 December of last year, the President of France appointed Monique Liebert-Champagne to the Arcep Executive Board. She succeeds Marie-Laure Denis whose term of office has expired. A State Councillor, Monique Liebert-Champagne had been the Chair of Energy Regulation Commission’s (CRE) Dispute settlement and sanctions committee (CoRDiS) since 2013.


News from around the world
Broadband access declared a basic service in Canada

Making broadband internet access a basic telecom service for all Canadians: this is the new ruling handed down by the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC). Believing that it is a true measure of economic competitiveness, the CRTC wants to ensure that a high-speed (minimum 5 Mbps) internet connection is made available to everyone in Canada, one of the vastest countries in the world.

To achieve this, the Canadian government will be investing 750 million CAD (or €535 million) over five years to build or upgrade the country’s fixed and mobile internet access infrastructures.

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The Consumer Electronics Show | “IoT is like Excalibur in the Graal quest of the digital age”

@ARCEP was there”. The year 2017 began with Arcep on a pilgrimage to the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas. Invited by Gary Shapiro (President of the CES) to take the floor in his capacity of current Chair of BEREC, during a session devoted to the Internet of Things, Sébastien Soriano served as Europe’s standard-bearer: “Europe must take the opportunity of the IoT revolution to get back on the world stage”. Stating that the main challenge for the IoT in Europe lay in building pro-innovation regulation, which would open the way for a second wave of open competition in the telecoms market: “Europe has chosen hope and not fear,” said he in closing.

In photos


Field notes

Arcep’s Tour de France in 2016

In 2016, Arcep travelled to around a dozen locations in Metropolitan France and the overseas territories, to meet with local elected officials (regional councils, departmental officials, city halls, etc.), prefectures and operators. The central focus of these discussions: regional connectivity.

A Tour de France that will continue in 2017. Arcep’s “Smart regions” team is already gearing up for this year’s forays into the field.

Tout terrain

Well said trait

“Today we are subject to a host of sovereign powers: not only the State and federal governments, but also the reign of Facebook, Google, Twitter and Microsoft. This should push us to think seriously about the public values we lose when we abdicate control of cyberspace to private companies. Democracy does not have much of a toolkit to respond.”

Lawrence Lessig, Harvard Law professor, on France Culture

Meanwhile, in Brussels...

All aboard for the data economy!

As part of its Digital Single Market strategy, on 10 January the European Commission unveiled its action plan for “Building a European Data Economy”. It will explore cross-border projects on “cooperative connected and automated mobility (CAD) that allow vehicles to connect with each other and with roadside infrastructure”. The conditions of use for 5G and the Internet of Things may also be explored. Here again the aim is to encourage the portability of non-personal data, and their free flow within the EU.

What are the advantages of the free flow of data?

Weather forecasts, customised healthcare, better road safety, fewer traffic jams… the advantages are many and various. Moreover, in 2015 the European Commission estimated that the data-driven economy would represent €272 billion in the European Union (with 5.6% annual growth) and could be employing 7.4 million people by 2020.

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Arcep, telling it like it is

PhotoArcep is currently holding a consultation on its ecosystem for frequency allocations. Since the start of 2016, several frequency bands, notably the 2.6 GHz and 3.5 GHz bands, have been the central focus of our work in this area. At stake: the development of regional connectivity and connectivity for businesses, 5G and innovation opportunities in general. Because frequencies are a scarce and strategic resources for the telecoms market, this has been a highly anticipated public consultation. We have received a large number of requests for access to spectrum from operators, regions wanting to develop wireless fixed internet access, businesses with professional mobile services needs and Internet of Things stakeholders.

One of the difficulties of this work, which was spread out over close to a year, concerns the many possible uses for these frequency bands. We published our public consultation on 6 January, to once again hear from the players and listen to their needs.

This process will lay the groundwork for our forthcoming frequency allocations, and should provide us with the general outline of our work programme for the coming years!

Blaise Soury-Lavergne, Mikaël Saada, Alexandre Godey, Arnaud Comerzan
“Mobile frequency allocation” unit

Mark your calendar


Arcep and the Independent Regulators Group (IRG) are celebrating their 20th anniversaries!

Arcep will be celebrating its 20th anniversary in 2017. To mark the occasion, Arcep and the Independent Regulators Group (IRG) will be co-hosting an international conference on the topic “RegTech is the New GovTech: reinventing regulation”, on the afternoon of 22 February in Paris. Winner of the Memorial Prize in Economics, Jean Tirole, Fields Medal winner, Cédric Villiani, Professor of Entrepreneurial Legal Studies and co-director of the Berkman Klein Center for Internet & Society at Harvard University, Yochai Benkler, will be among the many luminaries on hand.

By invitation only. The symposium will be live streamed on the Arcep website.

The programme



1 February 2017 in Brussels
BEREC workshop on the Internet of Things

One year after publishing its report on the Internet of Things, BEREC will be hosting an experts workshop to take stock of the latest developments in the sector. The issues of privacy, security, interoperability and connectivity will all be on the agenda, along with case studies from the transportation and energy sectors. The event will be live streamed on the BEREC website.

27 February to 2 March in Barcelona
Mobile World Congress

31st edition of the biggest trade show in the world devoted to mobility, hosted annually by the GSMA! The entire mobile industry will gather in Barcelona for four days to unveil their latest innovations in mobility, the Internet of Things, etc. Arcep will be there, and Sébastien Soriano will be taking part in several events being organised by the GSM Association.
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27 February to 2 March in Barcelona
4YFN Barcelona

Four Years From Now is a satellite event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona that connects start-ups working the area of mobility.
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