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Spanish Networks Face Investigation over Wholesale Messaging Costs

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Spain's National Competition Commission (CNC) has opened an investigation into the country's three largest mobile networks, Telefonica, Vodafone and Orange after it said that wholesale pricing applied to SMS and MMS messages could be excessive.

The investigation is not looking at the retail pricing charged to customers, which were subject to a separate investigation by the CNC a few years ago - and closed without any penalty.

The CNC noted that the wholesale prices though could disadvantage the smaller networks and MVNOs who buy access in bulk at trade prices. After a period of research, the CNC has decided to initiate disciplinary proceedings "for a possible abuse of dominant position," the commission announced in a statement.

The Commission said that it had evidence that the three networks "engaged in conduct involving the application of excessive prices on the wholesale origination and termination of SMS and MMS messages at national level in their networks mobile phones,"

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