Spain launches competition probe into three mobile operators

4th January 2012, Comments 0 comments

Spain's anti-trust authority CNC said Wednesday it has launched a probe into mobile phone operators Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange for alleged anti-competitive behaviour.

"There is evidence that the operators abused their dominant position, either individually or collectively, in various markets in the mobile telephone sector," it said in a statement.

It accused them of working to reduce the operating margins of so-called mobile virtual network operators, which do not have their own network structures but lease them off the big telecommunications companies.

In particular, the CNC -- which is acting after a complaint by British Telecom -- is looking into the tariffs charged for the rental of antennas by the three companies.

The CNC has 18 months to complete its investigation.

© 2012 AFP

0 Comments To This Article