Court dismisses Bouygues’ case against Free/Orange roaming deal

5 Jan 2021

Bouygues Telecom has reportedly lost a legal challenge against the French state, launched back in 2015, Les Echos writes. The operator claimed that the state was liable for regulator Arcep’s failings in relation to a national roaming agreement between market leader Orange France and Free Mobile, which led to loss in revenue and higher costs from increased competition in the market. Specifically, Bouygues had argued for stricter rules around the roaming agreement between its two rivals, urging Arcep to set up a timeframe for network sharing to end, dependent on different geographic areas. Bouygues Telecom was seeking EUR2 billion (USD2.45 billion) in compensation. TeleGeography notes that Orange inked a six-year 2G/3G roaming agreement with Free Mobile in 2011; the deal has since been extended twice (until 2022).