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Spanish Collusion

Spanish mobile operators under investigation for price fixing

Michelle Donegan

October 17, 2007

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Spanish Collusion

9:00 AM -- Spain's three largest mobile operators –- Telefónica SA (NYSE: TEF)'s Movistar, Vodafone España S.A. , and Orange Spain -- are in hot water over alleged price fixing. Reuters reports that the Spanish competition commission launched an investigation into whether the operators colluded on a price hike in March.

It's not the first time European mobile operators have been accused of collusion. At the end of 1995, Orange France , SFR , and Bouygues Telecom were fined €536 million ($760 million) for price fixing. The amount each operator paid was equivalent to 1 percent of revenues. (See French Operators Protest Fine and Orange Appeals Against Fine.)

— Michelle Donegan, European Editor, Light Reading

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Michelle Donegan

Michelle Donegan is an independent technology writer who has covered the communications industry for the last 20 years on both sides of the Pond. Her career began in Chicago in 1993 when Telephony magazine launched an international title, aptly named Global Telephony. Since then, she has upped sticks (as they say) to the UK and has written for various publications including Communications Week International, Total Telecom and, most recently, Light Reading.  

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