French regulator to assess domestic roaming for businesses and public safety

Source: ARCEP

France’s communications regulator, Arcep, has issued a call for expressions of interest (CEI) for multi-network mobile plans, for businesses and public safety organisations among others. It is also keen to establish a directory of operators that offer or would like to offer such plans – that is enabling customers to access several mobile networks from a single SIM, keeping the same phone number, and switching between networks as required. The scope includes machine-to-machine (M2M) commnications, as well as between people. In addition to public safety organisations, according to Arcep, this facility is potentially important to companies looking to secure their assets and products, and one network might not provide sufficiently good and reliable coverage in all their locations. As part of this CEI, Arcep is also querying stakeholders on the terms and conditions that should be attached to the sale and use of these product

The call for expressions of interest will run from 14 May to 17 July. Enterprises and public-sector entities interested in multinetwork plans are invited to detail their operational needs on the dedicated platform and email partage-reseaux@arcep.fr.