French regulator gets go-ahead for fibre access plans

The European Commission has approved plans by French telecoms regulator ARCEP to enforce 'mutualisation' of access to in-building fibre networks in the country, in order to encourage deployment of Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) networks.

The regulator intends to oblige all operators rolling out fibre in consumer homes to provide access to alternative operators, meaning that end-users can choose between access providers. ARCEP will also oblige operators to roll out additional lines within a building in densely populated areas if another operator requests it, on the condition that the requesting operator is willing to co-invest.

The EC also suggests that if "persistent disagreement" were to occur between operators over the price of wholesale access to the networks, then ARCEP should plan either to make specific recommendations on the matter, or request that operators submit their pricing offers to the regulator before publishing them.