Mobile ops could face hefty fines

30 Nov 2005

A French newspaper has reported that the country’s three mobile network operators are likely to be given massive fines by regulators investigating claims of market collusion. Les Echos reports that the competition watchdog Conseil de la Concurrence is set to fine Orange, SFR and Bouygues Telecom a total of several hundred euros, eclipsing the previous highest fine of EUR80 million which was imposed on France Télécom earlier this month for restricting access to its broadband networks. The trio of cellular operators are under investigation for allegedly working together to fix market conditions. All three have denied the claims.

France, Bouygues Telecom, Orange France, SFR