CMT prevents Telefonica from marketing new FTTH service

30 Oct 2008

According to Spanish news source Cinco Dias, the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) has temporarily suspended incumbent Telefonica from offering commercial services over its new fibre-optic network. The decision by the regulator comes after a complaint was lodged by Orange Espana which claimed that Telefonica had not finalised wholesale access terms for the network infrastructure. The regulator has announced that services may only be launched once it is satisfied that the agreements with alternative providers have been reached for access to the network. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Telefonica had previously announced its intentions to launch commercially by the end of October 2008, and its fibre-optic network is expected to offer download speeds of up to 30Mbps, with prices starting at EUR100 (USD127) per month.