CMT sides with Jazztel in co-location dispute

8 Nov 2006

Spain’s Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) has upheld a dispute by alternative operator Jazz Telecom (Jazztel) against fixed line incumbent Telefónica de España regarding co-location services. Telefónica had claimed that it could not enable Jazztel’s last mile services in a number of its exchanges due to a lack of space, but after inspecting three such locations the regulator ruled that was sufficient room to enable co-location. The CMT has requested Telefónica fulfil all pending co-location requests from Jazztel. In a statement, Jazztel said the CMT has now upheld 20 of 55 complaints it has made against Telefónica.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Jazztel is currently involved in numerous disputes with Telefónica, including a claim over invoices amounting to around EUR24 million (USD31 million) for wholesale fixed line services provided by the incumbent. Jazztel claims it has sent letters seeking clarification of the amount, but that Telefónica has not responded. Separately, Jazztel has confirmed that the former monopoly owes it EUR18.53 million related to an earlier dispute, on which the CMT ruled in its favour.