• Vivo’s RAN‑sharing agreement with Claro gets unwanted attention from CADE amid competition concerns.

Elsewhere in Telefónica’s Core Markets

Elsewhere in Telefónica’s Core Markets

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  • Brazil: regional operator AlgarTelecom submitted a complaint to Brazilian competition authority Conselho Administrativo de Defesa Econômica (CADE) regarding an infrastructure-sharing deal between Telefónica|Vivo and America Movil’s Claro. Algar claimed the deal will reduce competition, which would require it to be considered by CADE as an “interested third party”. Vivo and Claro have signed a radio access network-sharing partnership to enable Claro to use Vivo’s 850MHz and 2.1GHz spectrum, as well as 81 of its base stations in semi‑rural areas. The operators had sought fast‑tracked clearance for the deal on the grounds it did not have a material effect on competition, but the request was denied and a fuller revie is now anticipated.
  • Germany: Telefónica Deutschland (O2Germany) flagged an expansion of its sales partnership with device manufacturer Xiaomi. The deal covers joint marketing across the O2 and Blau brands. In 2019, O2 Germany was the first operator in the country to introduce Xiaomi devices to its portfolio. It is now the operating business’s third‑most popular device maker, with mobile phones, TVs, and smart products among the line‑up.
  • Spain: Telefónica España’s (Movistar) commercial 5G network was set to be used to support Movistar+ coverage of the CopadelRey basketball tournament in mid‑February 2021. Movistar is the main sponsor for the event. An AVIWEST 5G radio transmitter will be used in tandem with standard TV cameras to broadcast parts of the live event. The initiative is supported by the country’s Ministry of Economic Affairs & Digital Transformation.
  • Employees of Telyco, Movistar’s retail management unit, began using an in‑house digital sales and support application, branded Quenda, as a means to manage sales and enquiries in compliance with pandemic restrictions. The application enables customers to book appointment times via MiMovistar to help ensure that stores do not become overcrowded. Telefónica is also said to be exploring whether Quenda can be linked with messaging services such as Whatsapp.
  • Movistar+ added Universal+ to its over‑the‑top TV proposition after reaching an agreement with NBCUniversal International Networks. Universal+ includes content from the Calle13 and SYFY channels, available both in linear and on‑demand format. The deal also means DreamWorks will be added to Movistar+. Films from the DreamWorks studio will be available at no additional cost via the children-focused MovistarJunior app.
  • France-based infrastructure service provider (and Movistar partner) Circet acquired Spanish peer Itete, expanding its presence in the country. The deal is pending regulatory approval. Since entering the Spanish market in 2018, Circet has partnered with Movistar and Orange Spain to deploy fibre networks. Circet claimed that the Itete purchase will push its Spanish turnover above the €100m mark.
  • UK: regulator Ofcom confirmed that bidding for its latest spectrum auction will begin in March2021. Licences for spectrum in the 700MHz and 3.6GHz–3.8GHz bands are to be made available. The auction has been subject to delays due to the “coronavirus situation”, and Ofcom conceded it will continue to “monitor developments” ahead of the planned start. Telefónica UK, EE, Three UK, and Vodafone UK are set to take part.