France’s telecoms watchdog the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep) has launched a public consultation on a draft decision to change the list of the municipalities designated as ‘very densely populated areas’, in order to ‘satisfy a dual regional development and competition objective’. According to a press release, the regulator proposes increased resource pooling in 42 municipalities – representing 525,000 households – that were originally listed as very high density areas. The list of very high density areas will thus decrease from 148 municipalities (representing around six million households) to 107 municipalities (or around 5.5 million households). The change will enable the locations in question to benefit from increased fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network sharing, which would help increase the rollouts in those areas and the prospects for a more competitive market. Arcep is also proposing the addition of one municipality (Poitiers) to the list of very high density areas, to reflect the scale of the rollouts that have already been deployed there. The watchdog invites all interested parties to submit their comments on the topic until 18 November 2013.
Further, Arcep also announced that it will launch a public consultation on a draft recommendation regarding the regulatory provisions that apply to small buildings (containing fewer than twelve residential or business premises) located in very high density areas before the end of the year.