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November 05, 2012


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@Anyoine Bingo. Unlike USAeans ISPs, Free faces real competition. I am pretty use they are messing about with their peering with Google/Youtube,

When proven, I will change my home Internet service from Free to Orange, SFR, Bougee, Darty, cleaning lady's son, etc. etc. etc.

I have a real choice. Unlike the so called open market capitalist Americans. Crony capitalism is not a good thing.


Right now, the main issue Free faces is related to the anemic capacity of their peering links with Google or Youtube, which is a trigger for peope moving from Free to other ISPs or mobile operators to iprove their experience with those services. Look at the reactions on Twitter for instance, with the #freeyoutube hashtag.


I think you have missed a few points. The regulatory is not worried to protect its partly state-owned France Télécom, but wants to be sure that the mostly public-owned (and on the stock market) France Télécom and Free are not colluding to make the mobile market a duopoly.

It has nothing to do with Anti-Greed or killing innovation.

The French regulators are very serious about ensuring competition. Have a look at the Internet Broadband market and compare France and USA. In France there are many ISPs because the regulator did unbunded the local loop so any ISP can use it. In the USA, the FCC setup an effective duopoly of ISP. Triple play in France costs €35 and around $100 in the USA.

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