Telecommunications Law

Author:Ms Anne-Laure-Hélène des Ylouses
Profession:Field Fisher Waterhouse

Similar to the FCA, the French Telecoms Regulation Authority (hereafter "ARCEP") is being granted new powers by the Macron Law.

New coverage obligations for mobile operators Mobile operators face new obligations, subject to the control of the ARCEP. By the end of 2016 and, respectively, the end of 2017, they shall ensure coverage of "gray" and "white" areas in the towns where 3G and 4G connection is missing. Ex officio attribution of the telecoms operator status by the ARCEP As expected, the ARCEP can henceforth submit ex officio a business to the status of a telecoms operator, defined as "(...) any business operating an electronic communications network open to the public or providing to the public an electronic communications service". The definition of pooling agreements The concept of "sharing radio network open to the public", a technical term to designate a...

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