In 2007, Apple agreed that France Telecom’s subsidiary Orange would act as the iPhone exclusive wholesaler and network operator in France. Following a complaint filed by Bouygues Telecom, the French Competition Council issued an interim decision finding that the arrangement was anti-competitive. In February 2009, the Paris Court of Appeals confirmed the Council’s decision. The Court agreed that the agreement’s duration (five years) and scope (it covered the existing product and all future models) were excessive.
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