The French Competition Authority refuses to impose interim measures to facilitate the roll out of fiber to the home networks in France (Free / France Telecom)

On July 2nd, 2007, Free filed a complaint against France Telecom before the French Competition Council in order to have access to the incumbent's ducts to roll out its optical local loops for residential customers. This complaint took place in a context where the main French residential operators and internet service providers (France Telecom, Free, Neuf Cegetel, Telecom Italia but also Numericâble) announced during the year 2007 their intention to gradually develop such local fiber networks, at first in major cities. In order to roll out its local fiber networks, Free wanted to benefit from a wholesale access offer to France Telecom's ducts. Indeed, even if France Telecom was offering access to its ducts through two wholesale offers at the time the complaint was filed (named “LGC

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Sylvain Justier, The French Competition Authority refuses to impose interim measures to facilitate the roll out of fiber to the home networks in France (Free / France Telecom), 12 février 2008, e-Competitions February 2008, Art. N° 15916

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