The French Competition Authority fines two mobile phone operators for abusing their dominant position on the French mobile phone market (Orange France / SFR)

On 13 December 2012, The French National Competition Authority (Autorité de la concurrence,hereafter “the FCA”) fined two of the three major French mobile network providers (Orange France and SFR) €183 million for abuse of dominant position in the mobile telephony sector. The FCA investigated the complaint, initiated by Bouygues Télécom, against the other two providers regarding bill-pay plans, which from 2005 to 2008 provided free calls to subscribers within their own network (“on-net” calls), while billing calls to other networks (“off-net” calls). This process is well known and widely spread: a network provides a plan, bill-pay or otherwise, which allows the subscriber to make an unlimited number of calls, for an unlimited duration, to one or more, or even all other subscribers of the same

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Jocelyn Delatre, The French Competition Authority fines two mobile phone operators for abusing their dominant position on the French mobile phone market (Orange France / SFR), 13 December 2012, e-Competitions Bulletin December 2012, Art. N° 50861

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