Numericable/SFR lose appeal over incumbent duct access

Monday 19 June 2017 | 17:35 CET | News

SFR has lost an appeal against Orange in a case originally brought to court by Numericable against France Telecom over ducts access, in which the operator was seeking approximately EUR 3.5 billion in damages and interest from the incumbent, reports La Tribune. Filed in 2010, the lawsuit was first judged in 2012 by the Paris commercial court, which ruled against Numericable. The ruling has now been confirmed in appeal and forces SFR to pay Orange’s legal cost, amounting to around EUR 300,000.

The case centred on the regulatory conditions under which France Telecom had to give competitors access to its ducts. According to Numericable, the terms agreed at the time with French regulator Arcep undermined a pre-existing contract for ducts access agreed by the cable operator and the incumbent.

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