The Spanish subsidiary of British telco Vodafone won't have to pay the tax to finance the national public broadcaster RTVE, following a decision by CMT, the regulatory commission for the telecoms market.
This exemption comes at a time when RTVE is going through the worst financial crisis in its history, according to Europa Press.
The law approved by the previous Government cancelled commercials on RTVE and at the same time imposed a tax of 0.9% on the incomes of telcos' that deliver some kind of audiovisual service to compensate for this lack of advertising. The law also imposed a tax of 3% for private in-the-clear TV networks and 1.5% for pay-TV operators.
Last year Vodafone España announced that before 1 January 2013 it would cease its audiovisual and advertising services in order to avoid paying the tax, which it has now done.
In December, around 10,000 ADSL clients and some 100,000 mobile users of Vodafone España enjoyed its TV services. Now, ADSL clients will have a free subscription to the VOD platform Wuaki TV for six months, while mobile clients won't have to pay December's charge as compensation for the loss of service.