French regulator to push for 3G network sharing

The three mobile operators in France will come under scrutiny from the National telecoms regulator, Arcep, with regard to 'encouraging' them to share their 3G network resources.

While Arcep has stated the process will be a public consultation exercise, it is thought the regulator is keen to examine and understand the conditions and extent to which the three operators could share their 3G resources across France. Network sharing is already possible, although France Telecom Orange, Vivendi SFR and Bouygues Telecom are not thought to have made use of the option.

This seeming reluctance to share network elements has prompted speculation that the regulator will define the conditions and the degree to which the three operators should (must?) share their 3G resources.

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