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Arcep consults Europe-wide on spectrum; faces challenge to power of sanction

France’s communications regulator, Arcep, has brought together more than 20 representatives of national authorities from 15 European Union member states to outline the planned terms and procedure for awarding spectrum in the 3490–3800 GHz band in metropolitan France, and to elicit their feedback. The procedure’s draft document was published for public consultation, which ran from 15 July to 4 September. Arcep says it is spearheading the implementation of a procedure that is set out in the European Code adopted in late 2018. In addition to meeting with operators and local authority associations, when drafting its frequency award procedure Arcep’s teams interacted with their European counterparts, in particular those from Germany, Italy and the UK, to discuss the lessons learned from past awards procedures, and to compare the mechanisms used. Arcep says topics also included the quantity of spectrum awarded, the type of obligations imposed on operators and the coexistence of networks in the band. Having completed consultations, Arcep plans to finalise the terms and process for the award process, which will then be submitted to the government before launching the spectrum award procedure in the autumn. Meanwhile Orange France has filed a priority question of constitutionality with the Council of State challenging Arcep’s power of sanction, reports TeleGeography. “Le Monde writes that the incumbent operator has been put on notice several times by Arcep between October 2018 and January 2019 for failing to meet its universal service obligation (USO) for fixed telephony services, quality of service (QoS) shortcomings and its commitments in relation to the deployment of fibre. Orange has claimed that the principles of separation of powers and impartiality guaranteed by the constitution are not respected within Arcep.” See more and here.

  • Monday, 16 September 2019

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