Vodafone accuses Telefonica of abusing position

Vodafone accuses Telefonica of abusing position

Vodafone has lodged a complaint against Spanish rival Telefonica, alleging it is abusing its position in Spain to reduce competition for telecoms, Internet and television services.

Mobile is told Vodafone filed the complaint with the Spanish regulatory authorities earlier this week. A Vodafone spokesman said Telefonica is accused of abusing its position on its home turf by striking a deal with competitor Jazztel.

Vodafone claims 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 optic networks.

Telefonica also struck a deal with Telia Sonera's Yoigo in 2013, also the subject of complaints by Vodafone.

The spokesman accused Telefonica of reaching ‘discriminatory agreements with third parties.’

'All the practices ... leave fewer choices for consumers,' said Vodafone.

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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