French Antitrust Agency Slaps Orange, SFR With $240M Fine

Law360, New York (December 13, 2012, 8:04 PM EST) -- France's two largest mobile phone operators, France Telecom SA's Orange and Vivendi SA's SFR, were fined €183.1 million ($239.4 million) Thursday after smaller competitor Bouygues Telecom claimed the companies' plans allowed unlimited calls only to subscribers in the same network had distorted competition.

The French Competition Authority ordered Orange France and parent France Telecom to pay €117 million and SFR to pay €66 million after a lengthy review of the 2006 case, according to a statement released by the authority.

In a strongly worded response in...
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