This week they have jumped on the Spanish market alarms when Viviane Reding (the European society of the information Commissioner) said that Spain has the highest rates in the EU in mobile services based on a study of the European average of 65 monthly calls, 50 sms and mms 2, and resulting 35.89 euros/month in Spain against the 19.49 euros/month from the European average.
From Spain, Government and operators claim to feel outraged and accuse the Commissioner of distorting the data of the report that does not correspond to their own statements. The Spanish consumption pattern is very different from the European average and recalled to Brussels that the average cost per minute It would be a more reliable data to compare where Spain is 8 countries below the most expensive with 17 cents per minute (including settlement) against the European average of 14 cents per minute.
It is clear that the comparison will not be only taking into account the price average per minute since the rest of mobile services must compute but the Commissioner also took into account that Spain competes not only in prices but also in the grant of terminals.
Another of the contradictions is that Reding based their accusations on the lack of competition While the report notes that Spain is the country with more numbers ported a year in absolute terms and the second in percentage. Also stresses that the portability in Spain is faster and one of the few countries in the EU where it has no cost.
Finally, as regards the mobile broadband, Reding stressed that Spain was below the European average, but should also be noted that for this computation the number of datacards only taken into account for each 100 inhabitants but not connections from mobile (using them as a modem, or sailing from the terminal itself). Moreover, the Commission itself stated in November 2008 that Spain was the absolute leader in this area with a penetration of 19.5% compared to 6.9% of the European average.
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