MADRID, July 12 Spain's telecoms watchdog said
on Friday it had provisionally set prices for Vodafone
and Orange to access Telefonica's superfast
internet installations following an agreement between the three
earlier this month.
The prices offered to Orange and Vodafone to access the
market leader's fibre optic installations in individual
buildings are 18 to 24 percent below the original cost set for
the two companies by Telefonica, the regulator said.
The regulator (CMT) did not specify the new prices, saying
they were confidential, but said they meant the operators would
save between 8 million euros ($10.4 million) and 14 million
euros in their fibre optic rollouts.
The deal allows reciprocal access but is more attractive to
Vodafone and Orange, which said in March they would build their
own fibre optic network together and are lagging Telefonica in
At the end of 2012, there were 3.25 million fibre-to-home
(FTTH) connections in Spain, of which 99 percent belonged to
Telefonica. The number of active connections doubled in a year
to over 337,000 at the end of 2012.