CMT fines Telefonica EUR11 million for delaying bitstream access introduction

16 Dec 2009

The Spanish telecoms regulator, the Telecommunications Market Commission (CMT) has fined fixed line incumbent Telefonica de Espana EUR11 million (USD16 million) for violating conditions of access related to the charge for its wholesale ADSL service. According to Europa Press the regulator said it held the telco directly responsible for a ‘very serious’ offence, with the CMT claiming that Telefonica deliberately delayed the implementation of bitstream access services by a year. As a result the regulator has argued that the incumbent effectively limited the ability of rival operators. Telefonica however has said it will appeal against the ruling, and has claimed that within four months of being required to offer the service, which it was obliged to do following the CMT’s revision of its reference offer in March 2008, it had provided ‘naked’ DSL services to all operators that had requested it.