Spain launches competition probe into three mobile operators
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