Digicel seeks additional EUR80m from Orange in anti-competition dispute

23 Aug 2018

Digicel Group has taken legal action seeking an additional EUR80 million (USD92.7 million) from French telecoms giant Orange in relation to a long-running anti-competitive practices dispute in the Caribbean, the Irish Times reports.

As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in February 2018 the Paris Commercial Court has ordered Orange Caraibe to pay EUR346 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.

Digicel claims the award should be EUR426 million, as the interest should be calculated on a compound basis rather than the simple interest formula used by Orange. Legal correspondence seen by the Irish Times shows that the Digicel case is scheduled to come before the Paris Court of Appeal on 4 September.