Spanish wireless operator Amena is heading to the country’s Supreme Court to appeal against telecom regulator CMT’s authorisation of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), according to local daily El Pais citing unnamed industry sources. France Télécom subsidiary Amena is claiming that the regulator does not have the authority to unilaterally impose conditions for MVNOs to gain access to wireless operators’ networks.
In February the European Commission (EC) endorsed recommendations by the CMT to introduce MNVOs in the Spanish market for the first time. Earlier in the month the CMT had 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 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.