Vodafone files Telefónica complaint

February 18, 2014 11.08 Europe/London By Chris Dziadul

telefonica_campusVodafone has filed a complaint against Telefónica with the Spanish regulator CNMC in which it accuses the company of abusing its dominant position in the provision of telecom, internet and TV services.

Quoting a statement sent by Vodafone to Reuters, El Economista reports that the complaint also covers Jazztel, as part of an agreement with Telefónica it believes to be anti-competitive and reflects one between Telefónica and Yoigo, which led to proceedings by the CNMC.

The regulator opened disciplinary proceedings against Telefónica and Telstra in November 2013 for agreements signed by the two last summer to share their networks and products.

A spokesman for Telefónica said that all its agreements comply with the law. In its complaint, Vodafone refers to the “exclusionary strategy” developed by Telefónica in moving its “monopoly” on copper network to fibre optic networks and strengthening its position in both the wholesale and retail markets to the detriment of Vodafone and other competitors.

Just last week, the CNMC fined Telefónica a total of €500,000 for two competition breaches.

Vodafone was recently engaged in talks to buy Ono, Spain’s leading cable operator, before the latter decided opt for an IPO later this year.