Advances in Regulatory Economics series
Edited by Michael A. Crew, Paul R. Kleindofer and James I. Campbell Jr
Chapter 18: The French Postal Market in the Wake of the Postal Law of 2005
* Catherine Gallet-Rybak,† Cécile Moreno,† Daniel Nadal† and Joëlle Toledano† 1. INTRODUCTION The objective of this chapter is to provide an overview of the French postal sector, three years after the approval of the Postal Law in May 2005. It is based on publicly available information and notes some of the problems encountered by postal market participants, to the extent that these have been referred to ARCEP (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes) for decision. In the process, it will also provide some perspective on the speciﬁcs of the new regulatory framework in France. It is based in part on the results of the 2006 Annual Review of the postal market conducted by ARCEP. This review covered both regulated/licensed operators as well as operators in markets not subject to regulation, such as parcels, express mail, unaddressed advertising mail and mail preparation.1 Section 2 reviews the principal missions of ARCEP, as determined by the legislative framework put into place in 2005. Section 3 examines the market situation in 2006, beginning with an overview of market results. Section 4 analyses some of the market dynamics related to entry. Section 5 considers regulatory issues relating to the opening of the market to competition, as these have come before ARCEP in its role as postal regulator. The point of departure will be to convey the elements of the business models of selected licensed operators in order to describe thereafter some of the obstacles they have encountered and, on...
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