CMT in talks with European Commission over Telefonica FTTH ruling

19 Nov 2008

The Spanish telecoms regulator, the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT), is in talks with the European Commission regarding the regulation of broadband internet services, reports Reuters. It is understood that the talks have been prompted by the recent ruling by the CMT that allows incumbent Telefonica to launch commercial services on its new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network without forcing the operator to provide wholesale access to rivals at a regulated price. Following the regulator’s decision the European Commission reportedly issued a warning about the plans and Reinaldo Rodriguez, chairman of the CMT, said ‘We were not expecting that there were big differences over the Commission’s recommendations, but well, we are talking. The matters are relatively technical.’