Court upholds mobile fines totalling more than USD700 million

13 Dec 2006

The Appeal Court in Paris has upheld fines totalling EUR534 million (USD707 million) against the country’s incumbent mobile operators Orange France, Bouygues Télécom and Vivendi-backed Société Française de Radiotéléphone (SFR), a spokeswoman for the French Competition Council said yesterday. Dow Jones Newswires says that the three firms declined to make any immediate comment on the ruling. The incumbents were appealing a decision made by the Competition Council in December 2005 that the companies had colluded to fix their market share in the period 2000-02 and worked together to weaken competition. Orange France was fined EUR256 million, Bouygues EUR58 million and SFR EUR220 million.

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