Competition authority fines FT-Orange, SFR for abusing market position

14 Dec 2012

French mobile operator Bouygues Telecom has won a case it brought against larger rivals France Telecom-Orange and SFR for abusing their dominant positions in the market. The local industry watchdog Arcep has upheld Bouygues’ complaint, first filed in October 2006, that its rivals [between the period 2005-2008] offered unlimited voice calls to three other on-net phone numbers that put it at an unfair disadvantage, given that due to it being the newest and smallest mobile operator, it was difficult for it to compete with such voice calls plans. The French Competition Authority – ADLC – upheld the cellco’s complaint and issued fines of EUR117.4 million (USD153.5 million) against FT-Orange, and one of EUR67.5 million against SFR. Orange intends to appeal the decision, while Bouygues Telecom now says that it will now consider suing its rivals for compensation.

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