Spanish Regulator Opens Market To MVNOs

Spain’s telecom regulator will force the country’s mobile operators to open their networks to virtual operators, hoping to spark competition and lower prices. Irish regulators announced a similar plan last year, though it was recently reversed after an appeals panel decided that Vodafone and O2 didn’t wield “significant market power”, despite controlling 94 percent of the country’s mobile market. The European Commission backed the move as a part of its effort to introduce common competition rules across the EU, even though it rejected France’s plans to mandate MVNO access last June.

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