Spanish telecom operators are already evaluating the end of September and, again, have been distinguished by strong competitive pressure, especially from the sector low cost. In this scenario, MásMóvil won a total of 47,100 lines in portability, its best month last year, according to this newspaper. The figures must be confirmed by the National Market and Competition Commission (CNMC).
The company run by Meinrad Spenger, which completed the Euskaltel integration in August, has acquired 27,500 lines in portability in the mobile sector. In the fixed-line field, which is key to the broadband market, MásMóvil topped the rankings with the acquisition of about 19,600 lines. Since the beginning of the year, the company has acquired more than 450,000 lines in this way.
In this way, the operator continues to approach the third position in the fixed broadband market, currently in the hands of Vodafone. This week, MásMóvil confirmed that it had reached three million lines in this sector, while Vodafone, in the latest published data, corresponding to July, had 3.11 million connections.
Digi, for its part, is also maintaining a strong growth trend. The Romanian company, which has become one of the major players in the low-cost sector, gained about 47,000 lines in portability in September. Of these, 38,700 correspond to mobile, a segment led by Digi, and about 9,000 to landline.
This strong competitive pressure contributed to the extension of the penalty for large operators for another month. Telefónica lost about 75,000 lines in portability in September: about 49,000 in mobile phones and about 26,500 in landlines. The phone left more than 600,000 lines portability in the first nine months of the year.
Vodafone has also suffered severe setbacks. The company, which just launched an ERE for 509 employees, left nearly 45,000 lines in that month, of which 24,500 corresponded to mobile and 2,020 to landline.
Orange finally got mixed results. The operator, which recently scrapped its República Móvil and Amena brands, lost 23,400 mobile lines in September, although it added about 9,800 fixed phone lines.
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