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 Friday, February 22, 2008

MADRID -(Dow Jones)- The number of mobile phone lines in Spain rose 7.3% in 2007 to a total of 50.2 million, the telecommunications regulator CMT said Wednesday.

At the end of the year, Spain had a mobile telephone penetration rate of 112%, or 112 lines per 100 people, the CMT said.

Of the 3.4 million new cellular lines added last year, Vodafone's Spanish unit picked up roughly 40% of them, followed by Telefonica with 35%.

TeliaSonera's Spanish unit, Yoigo, had 18% of the new mobile lines while France Telecom's operator Orange added 16%.

The remaining new lines were picked up by Spain's smaller low-cost MVNO operators, which buy airtime from the larger operators.

Source: Cellular News.