CMT rules to allow MVNOs

19 Jan 2006

Spanish telecoms regulator the CMT has sent a report to the European Commission arguing the need to introduce mobile virtual network operators into the Spanish market. In its report the CMT criticised Spain’s trio of cellcos for not allowing third party access to their networks. It also claimed that the operators were abusing their market power by failing to pass on savings resulting from a four-fold increase in call volumes to customers, saying that prices have only fallen by less than 25% in the same timeframe. On the proviso that Brussels does not veto the proposal, the first MVNOs could make an appearance this year, according to CMT President Reinaldo Rodriguez. In a separate statement, the President claimed that the number of broadband connections in the country had risen to five million at the end of 2005.