A major search that goes very badly at Orange. In the viewfinder of the Competition Authority, the incumbent operator does not want to let it go.
The surprise raid by agents of the Competition Authority on March 10 in four Orange premises, in particular at its headquarters in Issy-Les-Moulineaux, is today contested by the former France Telecom. Suspected of abuse of a dominant position on the wholesale market (fiber optics) and of having favored the restoration of its services in the Caribbean after the passage of Hurricane Irma in 2017, the incumbent operator “initiated proceedings to challenge these seizure operations”, he told AFP yesterday, confirming at the same time information from Capital magazine.
Before the Versailles Court of Appeal, the group wants to prove that the seizure of millions of documents during this search goes beyond the scope of the investigation, including among other things old stories, unrelated to each other.
After the rejection of a complaint in 2020 from the Association of Alternative Telecom Operators on the wholesale prices applied by Orange preventing them from launching competitive retail offers with those of the incumbent operator, the Autorité de la concurrence launched an exploratory survey on this market controlled at 40% by the group now headed by Christel Heydemann.