Vodafone lodges complaint over Telefonica in Spain
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[February 18, 2014]
By Robert Hetz
MADRID (Reuters) — Vodafone <VOD.L> has
lodged a complaint against Spanish rival Telefonica <TEF.MC>,
alleging it is abusing its position in Spain to reduce competition
for telecoms, Internet and television services.
The British company's complaint, filed on Friday, comes as
competition is intensifying in Spain's market with sources saying
Vodafone is studying a bid for cable operator Ono.
Vodafone on Monday accused the former Spanish state monopoly of
abusing its position on its home turf by striking a deal with
competitor Jazztel <JAZ.MC>.
Telefonica aimed to control the lion's share of Spain's fibre optics
networks — those that can offer high-speed Internet and large data
transfers, Vodafone said in a statement to Reuters.
Vodafone said Telefonica's deal with Jazztel over fibre optic
networks was struck in October 2012 and was part of a tactic to make
it impossible for Vodafone to compete since it does not have fibre
Telefonica also struck a deal with Telia Sonera's <TLSN.ST> Yoigo in
2013, also the subject of complaints by Vodafone.
"All the practices ... leave fewer choices for consumers," said
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A spokesman for Telefonica said: "All our deals are legal. We have
shown we are willing to sign deals with everyone."
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