Orange hits out at ARCEP chief criticism

Orange has reacted angrily to criticism levelled against it publicly by the president of French telecom regulator ARCEP over its deployment of fibre-to-the-premises networks. Orange said in a statement that its board had met to discuss comments made by ARCEP president Sébastien Soriano about alleged deficiencies in its approach to deploying fibre networks. Soriano told […]

BEREC issues net neutrality guidelines

The Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC) has issued guidelines for how regulators in Europe should implement new net neutrality rules. The guidelines, which are designed to give guidance to National Regulatory Authorities (NRAs), follow a six-week consultation period during which BEREC received an “unprecedented” number of contributions – some 481,547 in total. […]

Online TV viewing expanding rapidly in France

The proportion of internet users in France who view live or catch-up TV on the internet has increased by over half in the last two years, according to research compiled by telecom regulator ARCEP, while the proportion that has viewed TV shows or films either via streaming or download has increased significantly over the same […]

ARCEP closes bidding for 700MHz spectrum

French telecom regulator ARCEP secured €2.8 billion from this week’s auction of 700MHz spectrum, currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting. The auction saw Free Mobile and Orange secure 10MHz each, while Bouygues Telecom and SFR each secured one block of 5MHz. Each candidates position on the frequency band has yet to be determined, and the regulator […]

France’s ARCEP completes first day of 700MHz auction

French telecom regulator ARCEP has announced the successful completion of the first day of its auction of 700MHz spectrum. The auction saw the achievement of a price of €451 million for a block of 5MHz of 700MHz spectrum at the seventh round. ARCEP said the auction would continue today (Tuesday) with an eighth round because […]

France to kick off 700MHz auction on Monday

France’s auction of 700MHz spectrum will being on Monday, with Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR competing for the highly-valued spectrum currently used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting but now earmarked for mobile broadband applications. French regulator ARCEP plans to issue an update on the status of the auction at the end of each day, up […]

French operators file documents for 700MHz

France’s four leading mobile operators – Bouygues Telecom, Free Mobile, Orange and SFR – have filed documents in the preliminary stage of applying to use 700MHz spectrum for mobile broadband services, according to telecom regulator ARCEP. The regulator expects to begin auctioning the available frequencies at in November, with allocations to be made by the […]

Rules set for French 700MHz auction

The French government has finalised the conditions for the sale of frequencies in the 700MHz hitherto used for digital-terrestrial broadcasting to mobile telecom providers. Economy minister Emmanuel Macron and the secretary of state for digital, Axelle Lemaire, have signed off on the conditions, based on proposals from telecom regulator ARCEP, that should see the frequencies […]

French watchdog approves Outremer Telecom sale

French telecom watchdog ARCEP has approved the sale of Numericable-SFR’s Réunion and Mayotte operator Outremer Telecom’s mobile telecoms activities to Madagascar-based Hiridjee Group. ARCEP has also approved the sale of Outremer’s mobile frequencies to Telco OI, Hiridjee’s local holding group. The sale of Outremer Telecom’s mobile interests was a condition for approval of the acquisition […]

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