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France Telecom Fined by Competition Authority

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France Telecom, and its Caribbean subsidiary, Orange Caraibe has been fined EUR63 million by the French Competition Authority following a complaint from Bouygues Telecom's own Caribbean subsidiary. The company was accused of hindering the development of the mobile and landline markets in the French overseas territories of Guadeloupe, Martinique and Guyana.

The Competition Authority said that at the time of the complaint, Orange Caraibe had a 75% market share in the mobile market. The company is accused of  pushing distributors and repair centers into exclusivity agreements. Other issues involved restricting customer loyalty point schemes and having differential pricing between on-net calls and calls to the competing network.

The operator was also accused of offering fixed to mobile tariffs to corporate clients at rates that were below reasonable costs.

France Telecom and Orange Caraibe were jointly fined EUR52.5 million, while EUR10.5 million was reserved for France Telecom alone.

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