Orange ordered to pay Digicel EUR346m for anticompetitive practices

23 Feb 2018

The Paris Commercial Court has ordered Orange Caraibe to pay EUR346 million (USD426 million) to Digicel Antilles-Francaise Guyane for anticompetitive practices. The case dates back to 2009 when Orange was handed a EUR63 million fine by the French Competition Authority (Autorite de la Concurrence) for ‘abuse of dominant position’ in the West Indies, which was subsequently reduced to EUR60 million on appeal. However, the fine was paid to the state, and did not compensate the two competing operators Digicel and Outremer Telecom. The two operators subsequently filed a suit with the Paris Commercial Court to claim damages of EUR494 million (Digicel) and EUR75 million (Outremer).