* Telefonica's package attracts 45,000 broadband clients
* Vodafone leads mobile client losses, sheds 287,000
* Virtual operators, Orange, winning out in price war
MADRID, Jan 16 Spain's biggest telecoms company,
Telefonica S.A., attracted 45,000 new broadband clients
in November in its home market but shed another quarter of a
million mobile customers as recession-hit Spaniards ditch their
The company which is fighting to stem client bleed by
introducing a bundled internet, phone and TV package in October
has lost over 2 million mobile connections following its March
decision to stop subsidising smartphones.
Data from Spain's telecoms watchdog released on Wednesday
showed Telefonica gained more broadband clients than all its
competitors put together, with cable operators gaining 6,000 new
customers and other operators attracting 36,000 clients.
However, Telefonica's mobile operator Movistar lost around
252,000 customers in November.
"The mobile sector recorded another month of serious
customer losses, with a decline of 452,804 connections,"
telecoms regulator the CMT said in a statement.
The November numbers were slightly better than October, when
Telefonica led operator losses by shedding 284,000 mobile
November's figures for losses in the sector were slightly
better than a record loss of 486,000 mobile clients in October.
In November, Vodafone lost 287,000 mobile clients,
taking the lead from Telefonica, and the Britain-based operator
is in talks with labour unions to dismiss up to a quarter of its
workforce in Spain.
Cheap operators like Teliasonera's Yoigo and
virtual mobile operators have benefited from a recent vicious
price war in Spain. Virtual mobile operators have no
infrastructure of their own but rent capacity from established
providers, selling services on to consumers.
Virtual operators now account for over 6 percent of the
Spanish mobile market.
Some 480,000 customers switched their number to another
network in November, with virtual operators and Orange,
which still offers subsidies, leading the pick-up from other
Mobile tariffs have fallen 27 percent over the last three
years in Spain, where the unemployment rate stands at 25
The number of mobile connections in Spain fell 4.1 percent
year-on-year in November to 56 million, the CMT said.