Iliad (Free), Vivendi file complaint to EU over FT

3 Mar 2009

French alternative fixed line and broadband operators Iliad (Free) and Vivendi’s SFR (including neuf Cegetel) have filed a complaint with the European Commission accusing former monopoly provider France Telecom (FT) of abusing its dominant position, Dow Jones Newswires reports. In a statement Jean-Bernard Levy, the chief executive officer of Vivendi, which owns 56% of SFR, said: ‘Today, we consider that in the vast sector of the internet and fixed line telecommunications, competition isn’t happening,’ adding that the incumbent takes 85% of the sector’s gross margins before investment, ‘a situation that doesn’t allow us to do our job’.

Levy hopes the EU initiative will provide the catalyst to a cut in wholesale and residential retail prices, or even the break-up of the networks and services sections of FT’s network. Fellow broadband operator Iliad is joining Vivendi in the complaint.

France, Iliad (Free), SFR