The dominant position of Movistar in Spain’s fibre market is again under fire. Vodafone Spain has filed a complaint before the regulatory body CNMC against Movistar on the grounds that it is using its dominant position in the market to the benefit of its newly-launched O2 brand.
Movistar’s O2 is distributing its convergent offer at two different prices in the market: €45 a month in the 66 “competitive” cities where its rivals are already operating; and at €58 in those cities with no competition. These cities are regulated by the CNMC, which obliges Movistar to open up its fibre networks to third parties at a certain rate. In the latter territories, Movistar has committed to compensating subscribers with up to €220 a year, a move fiercely criticised by Vodafone.
Earlier this year Vodafone filed two other complaints against Movistar over its football promotions accusing it of “abusive dominant position” in the pay-TV football market.