Spain’s telecoms regulator the Comision del Mercado de las Telecomunicacinoes (CMT) has announced that July 2013 saw the highest number of customers use mobile number portability (MNP) to switch provider since the service was introduced. According to figures produced by the watchdog, in July 2013 a total of 638,948 numbers were ported from one operator to another, beating the previous monthly record of 636,616, which was set in January 2013. Further, the CMT noted that the July 2013 figure represented a 47.9% increase on the number of ports recorded in the same period a year earlier.
Citing strong competition in the sector as one of the drivers behind the increase in customers switching, the CMT also noted that for the third consecutive month mobile accesses had increased, with 169,856 lines added in July 2013. Continued uptake of post-paid subscriptions, which rose by 236,123 in the month under review, more than offset a decline in pre-paid customers (down by 38,304 in the month) and datacards (down by 27,963). Meanwhile, the market’s two largest cellcos by subscribers – Telefonica Espana (Movistar) and Vodafone Spain – both saw user numbers fall in July 2013, down 127,061 and 44,948 respectively, with the regulator noting that mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) saw combined additions of 230,336 mobile customers in the month, with Orange Espana and Yoigo adding 69,264 and 42,265 subscribers, respectively.