French regulator dismisses challenge to cellphone antenna tie-up

25th September 2014, Comments 0 comments

France's Competition Authority on Thursday dismissed a challenge lodged by telecom group Orange over a deal between rivals SFR and Bouygues Telecom to share some of their cellphone transmission towers away from the biggest cities and towns.

The agreement created "no serious damage to interests in the sector, consumers or to the plaintiff company," the Authority said.

SFR and Bouygues announced the deal in January, saying they wanted to share towers in more remote areas to provide a better service for their customers using 2G, 3G and the new 4G networks.

Orange had lodged its complaint in April.

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