ARCEP sets out conditions for FTTH

French telecom regulator ARCEP has said it will allow both so-called single and multiple fibre technologies to connect end users to FTTH networks.

ARCEP has mandated that service providers should share the in-building infrastructure that connects end users to the network, a process described as ‘mutualisation’. However, France Télécom has proposed the use of a single fibre to connect individuals in the same building, to be shared amongst rival service providers. Rival operator Iliad has backed the use of multiple fibres.

ARCEP also said that implementing mutualisation outside the most densely populated areas would be more complex, and would require stronger cooperation between the main parties.

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