Vodafone has made a formal complaint against Telefonica, accusing the Spanish incumbent of monopolistic practices with regard to its fibre network.
The U.K. operator has accused Telefonica of denying it access to its in-building links and making it impossible to negotiate wholesale prices for fibre network access, El Pais reported on Tuesday.
Vodafone also accuses its rival of making anti-competitive deals with some operators and not others, referring in particular to Telefonica's 2012 agreement with Jazztel covering the joint rollout of a fibre network, and to the 4G marketing deal it struck with Yoigo last year, the paper said.
Vodafone submitted its complaint with Spain's financial markets and competition regulator the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC). It has asked the CNMC to set network access prices that reflect costs and to force Telefonica to enable its rivals to offer 50-Mbps and 100-Mbps broadband services that replicate those it provides to its own customers, both from a technical and a cost point of view. Essentially, it is asking for equivalence of access.
Vodafone is in the process of rolling out its own fibre-optic infrastructure in Spain in partnership with Orange's local unit.