Vodafone cracks phone monopoly

Vodafone’s connection to the undersea cable along the west coast of Africa, which feeds the whole of Africa and other countries, including Britain and Portugal, means it will soon be able to compete on level terms regarding telephone and broadband costs.
Telefonica has been the only operator for years with its own undersea cable connection to the Island and, as many of you will know, it is not always the easiest company to deal with. 
Right now, whatever ADSL contract you have secured elsewhere, with Direct Telecom, Teletec or even Vodafone, say, the line rental is still payable to Telefonica.
But the new infrastructure will almost certainly pave the way for cheaper phone and internet deals, via Vodafone Spain – just as it did in the UK when BT’s monopoly ended in 2001.
Where it now costs a monthly 60-euro fee for Telefonica’s telephone and ADSL line, a similar service in the UK can cost as little as £20, with several companies all competing with each other for the best deals.
Vodafone has already been selling ADSL services in Tenerife and the other islands, via Telefonica’s undersea link, and now has in excess of 11,000 customers in the Canaries, with a mobile customer base of more than 300,000.

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