Orange may face EUR500m fine for abusing dominant position

3 Dec 2015

Orange France, the country’s leading telecoms provider in terms of subscribers, could face a fine of ‘several hundred million euros, probably more than EUR500 million [USD529 million]’ for abusing its dominant position in the mobile and fixed corporate markets, Le Figaro reports. According to the newspaper, the incumbent has been under investigation by the Competition Authority (Autorite de la Concurrence) following complaints filed by rivals Bouygues Telecom and SFR in 2008 and 2010, respectively; the antitrust regulator is said to be aiming to issue its decision on the case by 25 December. For its part, Orange revealed in a press release that ‘detailed information concerning this dispute has been mentioned in the group’s registration document since 2009 and has been updated regularly since’, going on to say that the company ‘is currently cooperating with the French antitrust authority, which enables the group to consider that it will not be necessary to increase the financial provisions that have already been set aside for this case.’

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