French telecoms watchdog, the Autorite de Regulation des Communications Electroniques et des Postes (Arcep), has opened a public consultation on a draft proposal with regards to the technical and operational processes of sharing fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks. The regulator notes that the pace of shared optical local loop rollouts has increased considerably in recent months, with 810,000 additional premises passed in 2013, equivalent to a 38% year-on-year increase in eligible premises. Going forward, Arcep seeks to establish a detailed list of all of the processes (exchanging information on eligibility, ordering a line, etc.) involved in the deployment of fibre, in order to develop and implement a standardised information system between operators. Arcep believes that a lack of standardisation runs the risk of FTTH network operating costs skyrocketing over the long-term period.
The watchdog’s draft decision, which was prepared in cooperation with the Interop’Fibre Group and the operators themselves, addresses several main issues:
• the automation of commercial operators’ access to the information made available by building operators;
• non-discrimination between all of the operators that have access to the network; and
• entrenching the building operator’s responsibilities and creating incentives for the efficient management of its network by implementing contractual commitments on delivery times that also carry penalties.
Arcep has invited all interested parties to submit their comments by 26 September 2014.