Bouygues Telecom files its own complaint

2nd December 2005, Comments 0 comments

PARIS, Dec 2 (AFP) - The French telecommunications operator Bouygues Telecom filed on July 1 a complaint with the European Commission against so-called roaming alliances between big European telecom operators, a Bouygues Telecom complains to EU Commission about roaming alliancespokesman said Friday.

PARIS, Dec 2 (AFP) - The French telecommunications operator Bouygues Telecom filed on July 1 a complaint with the European Commission against so-called roaming alliances between big European telecom operators, a Bouygues Telecom complains to EU Commission about roaming alliancespokesman said Friday.

His statement, which was in line with a report in the French financial daily Les Echos, came a day after Bouygues and two other French telecoms operators were slapped with a record fine of EUR 534 million by France's competition watchdog for market collusion.

Bouygues, the smallest of the three French mobile telecom groups, filed the complaint in July against the FreeMove alliance, Les Echos said.

The alliance, which was revealed in March 2004, includes four big European operators, the French group Orange, T-Mobile of Germany, TIM of Italy, and the Spanish group Telefonica.

Their agreement allowed subscribers to benefit from seamless service at preferential rates while travelling.

European Union competition officials have complained in the past that prices charged within the EU for such roaming services appeared to be excessive and unjustified.

On Thursday, Bouygues Telecom was ordered to pay a fine of EUR 58 million by the French Competition Council for having rigged its domestic market with France Telecom's Orange and SFR, a subsidiary of Vivendi Universal.

In its defense, Bouygues said it had filed complaints on several occasions to "resolve imbalances affecting the mobile market and which seriously and durably hindered competition in France".

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