Wednesday, 26 February 2020

Europe, Singapore debate fibre regulation

By Joanne Taaffe , Total Telecom
Thursday 25 June 09

France's FTTH regulatory proposals may prove difficult to replicate elsewhere, but palatable alternatives are scant; delays could affect LTE.

Arcep's proposals published this week for regulating fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) illustrate the tightrope Europe's regulators are walking between throttling future investment in next-generation access networks and reducing existing levels of broadband competition. The French regulator hopes to have found a way to ensure continued infrastructure competition. But it oversees a telecoms market where consolidation has left three large-scale residential fixed service providers - which shared an IPTV market of 6.2 million subscribers at the end of the first quarter of this year - and one cable operator. This greatly increases the incentive for French operators to invest in FTTH since they have a large broadband market share to protect and can hope to build on their existing IPTV business…

Arcep's proposals published this week for regulating fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) illustrate the tightrope Europe's regulators are walking between throttling future investment in next-generation access networks and reducing existing levels of broadband competition. The French regulator hopes to have found a way to ensure continued infrastructure competition. But it oversees a telecoms market where consolidation has left three large-scale residential fixed service providers - which shared an IPTV market of 6.2 million subscribers at the end of the first quarter of this year - and one cable operator. This greatly increases the incentive for French operators to invest in FTTH since they have a large broadband market share to protect and can hope to build on their existing IPTV business…

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