Orange and SFR, the two main French mobile operators, have been fined by the French Competition Authority a total of €183 million. The operators have been found to have carried out anticompetitive practices between 2005 and 2008 by marketing packages allowing for unlimited calls solely within their own networks. Those offers contributed, on the one hand, to freezing the market by drawing consumers to the two biggest networks and keeping them ‘locked in' once their choice was made. They were also liable to weaken the third operator – Bouygues Télécom – which had to strike back by launching offerings that significantly increased its costs. This decision followed a complaint filed by Bouygues Telecom.

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