Tuesday, 26 September 2017

Orange needs regulatory help for Euro quad-play move

By Mary Lennighan, Total Telecom
Wednesday 05 June 13

French telco looks to 'cross swords' with cable competitors, expresses frustration at lack of single European market, and explains why its Yoigo bid fell through.

In many European markets consumers increasingly want to source their telecoms and TV services from a single provider, but the lack of regulatory support can make it difficult for alternative operators to tap into this demand. Indeed, France's Orange this week called upon national regulators and incumbent operators in some key markets to provide appropriate wholesale products that would enable it to compete on quad-play. French regulator Arcep has been very aggressive in pushing unbundling and fair conditions for alternative network operators, but elsewhere, "where we are [the] alternative operators, we do not enjoy a symmetrical situation…

In many European markets consumers increasingly want to source their telecoms and TV services from a single provider, but the lack of regulatory support can make it difficult for alternative operators to tap into this demand. Indeed, France's Orange this week called upon national regulators and incumbent operators in some key markets to provide appropriate wholesale products that would enable it to compete on quad-play. French regulator Arcep has been very aggressive in pushing unbundling and fair conditions for alternative network operators, but elsewhere, "where we are [the] alternative operators, we do not enjoy a symmetrical situation…

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