Telefónica told to share its ADSL2+ infrastructure

6 Jun 2006

Spain’s Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) has ruled that fixed line incumbent Telefónica de España must begin offering wholesale services over its advanced ADSL2+ broadband infrastructure. The decision will allow rival ISPs without infrastructure of their own to offer high speed internet services at downlink speeds of up to 20Mbps. Since 2001, Telefónica has provided its competitors with bitstream and unbundled local loop (ULL) services over its standard network only. The CMT hopes the move will create more competition in the broadband sector. Telefónica had a 56% share of all retail broadband subscribers at the end of 2005 and a further 15% of users taking services via a rival ISP offering one of its wholesale products.

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