Court sides with Orange in ducts access case brought by Numericable

20 Jun 2017

France’s Court of Appeal has reportedly ruled against SFR Group in relation to a lawsuit over access to Orange France’s owned civil engineering ducts brought to the Commercial Court by Numericable in 2010, in which the ISP was seeking approximately EUR3.5 billion (USD3.9 billion) in damages and interest from the incumbent, domestic newspaper La Tribune writes. In the court filing, Numericable argued that when telecoms regulator Arcep set the conditions under which Orange (then France Telecom) had to give competitors access to its ducts in 2008, it undermined a pre-existing contract for ducts access agreed by the cable operator and the incumbent. In June 2012 the Commercial Court sided with Orange, and despite an appeal court subsequently overturning the judgement in January 2016, Orange has now had the original decision reinstated, with SFR understood to have been ordered to pay Orange’s legal costs, amounting to EUR300,000.

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