Spanish competition watchdog examining SMS, MMS wholesale pricing

19 Jan 2011

Spain’s three largest mobile network operators – Telefonica Moviles Espana (Movistar), Vodafone Spain and Orange Espana – are reportedly under investigation for allegedly charging rivals excessive amounts to rent space on their networks for messaging services, Reuters reports. It has been claimed that the trio set wholesale charges for both SMS and MMS a too high a rate, negatively impacting the country’s mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), as well as other rival operators that also take advantage of such services, such as Jazz Telecom. It is understood that Spain’s competition authority, the National Competition Commission (CNC), expects to issue a ruling on the matter within 18 months.