EC agrees with CMT over MVNOs

1 Feb 2006

The European Commission has endorsed recommendations by Spanish telecoms regulator the CMT to introduce mobile virtual network operators (MNVOs) in the Spanish market. Earlier this month the CMT sent a report to the EC criticising 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. The EC has backed the CMT on the proviso that the regulator closely monitors the introduction of the new players. With Brussels’ blessing, the first MVNOs could make an appearance this year, according to CMT President Reinaldo Rodriguez.