Orange France to pay EUR51m to SFR for ‘abuse of dominance’

27 Feb 2014

The Commercial Court of Paris has reportedly ordered French telco Orange to pay EUR51 million (USD69.81 million) in damages to domestic rival operator SFR, after the latter filed a lawsuit for EUR216 million against the incumbent for ‘abuse of dominance’ in April 2012. Local news source BFMTV Business reports that the legal proceedings were sparked after Orange France introduced a deal, which allowed second home owners to suspend and resume their fixed line at will (with a limit of twelve consecutive months) and pay EUR19 per month for two hours of talk time, or EUR21 when the line included broadband access. SFR argued that it could not replicate the deal, as it had to pay line rental and that Orange ‘abused its dominant position’ with the offering.

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