Spanish MVNO reports big 3 operators to competition watchdog
Community-based Spanish MVNO Suop said it filed a complaint with the Spanish competition regulator CNMC, accusing the country’s three leading mobile operators of price-fixing and blocking attempts by new MVNOs to enter the market. The company said it asked CNMC to set fixed parameters for negotiations between Movistar, Orange and Vodafone and would-be MVNOs in order to prevent the network operators from assuming a dominant position in the market.
Suop, which uses Orange’s network, called for particular attention to connection fees and wholesale voice and data rates. It claimed in its blog that while at the end of 2014 the big three had a 75 percent share of the market, this figure nows stands at 90 percent when taking into account secondary brands and recent acquisitions.
In November 2014, CNMC ordered Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange to guarantee MVNOs wholesale access to their 4G networks following a complaint filed by MVNO association AENOM in July.