During his visit to the Department of industry (April 2004-May 2005), it is in the telecoms that the action of Patrick Devedjian was the most important in any case the most visible sometimes taking the defence of competition and consumers, alone against all. He is always interested in the sector, he wants to put forward during the debate of 2007.
In some countries, topics such as the decline in the price of the mobile phone are part of the program of the political parties. That should these topics be addressed in 2007
I want to. These are topics that affect the citizens, who are close to their concerns. It is a way to reconcile with the policy. In addition, competition be it in the mobile or broadband stimulates the market, and thereby brings growth.
You were beaten for the emergence of virtual mobile operators (MVNO operators without a network). What balance are you getting
I am already happy that they are born. But worry about the growth of these babies and I fear that they remain that dwarves. Their market share is the lowest in Europe. The terms are not satisfactory. Wholesale rates imposed on them by the three mobile operators in particular, is too high: it is more expensive than retail price they offer to their customers business. It is therefore hard to to boost the market.
I also regret the opacity of the market: is not the number of subscribers to virtual operators and the regulatory authority Arcep has warned that it would not publish. Must be a minimum of transparency, even if by the Act. There is no reason that these figures are not published. Who does is this transparency fear Fears on to reveal that there is not enough competition that regulation is inadequate
You had also advocated that the telephone number portability is faster. What do you think of the amendment to 10 days, voted with the Dutreil Act
I welcome, and thank Renaud Dutreil and Luc Chatel rapporteur for this. They fought bravely, notably against Bercy, who, at interdepartmental meetings, opposed to this measure. Note that the Minister of economy and finance is now also responsible for the consumer: it must therefore find a balance between conflicting interests, those of the industry and those of consumers, which may pose a conflict of interest.
That become your proposals on call centres, and especially waiting time non-facturation
A roundtable was scheduled for mid-June, but was cancelled by my successors. It is lamentable. These proposals would have added to consumers and their associations protested against this cancellation. As on the portability, I regret that the Minister of the economy, now in charge of consumption, there is also objected.
On telephone subscription, there is a debate currently on the clause which requires to commit for one year...
This clause is totally unacceptable to me. It can develop for the mobile phone, where it is the counterpart of a grant of the price of the device, but not for fixed telephone. Above all, I was Minister when France Telecom has been designated the universal service operator. At this time, there was never question of imposing such a clause, which is not a consideration to the universal service. It appears in any direction, act or decree, whether those relating to the allocation of the universal service or the other. Indeed, Arcep, in its opinion on the new tariffs for the universal service, argued for the deletion of this clause or, Alternatively, for its reduction.
Total unbundling tariff dropped from 10.50 to 9.50 euros to June 1. Is this enough
Non. It must be that this rate is declining quickly one or two euros more. This is necessary for the full unbundling takes off, because it does not go quite quickly. The Government could usefully intervene in this sense. At the end of June, there were 255.584 lines totally unbundled. It is much too little! As the pace of deployment of unbundling has decreased by 60 these six months.
I remember consented upward of 3 euros for the subscription of the fixed telephone had for consideration the unbundling of at least 1 euro tariff reduced: However this minimum has unfortunately become a maximum.