CMT begins public consultation on MVNO legislation update

16 May 2012

Spain’s Comision del Mercado de las Telecomunicacinoes (CMT) has announced the launch of a public consultation examining proposals for the future regulation of the country’s mobile virtual network operator (MVNO) sector. The regulator notes that it is aiming to adapt existing regulations to take into account conditions applied to spectrum that were issued by the Ministerio de Industria, Energia y Turismo (Minetur) in mid-2011.

With the CMT reiterating that current MVNO legislation – which was adopted in 2006 – stipulates that network operators should allow access to their respective infrastructure at reasonable prices, it also highlighted Minetur’s approval of Royal Decree 458/2011 in mid-2011, which stated that those operators holding spectrum in the 900MHz band would be required to provide wholesale access to those operators not holding any frequencies.

The public consultation is expected to last for a month, and alongside seeking the views of all stakeholders, the regulator has revealed that it will also include a request for a report from the competition watchdog, the Comision Nacional de la Competencia (CNC). On completion of the consultation the draft measures are expected to be submitted to the European Commission (EC).

In announcing its plans to re-examine legislation governing virtual operators, the CMT also confirmed that today there are 23 active MVNOs in Spain, together accounting for an approximate 6.8% market share of the country’s wireless voice sector. It also noted that since the introduction of MVNOs in 2006 the average price of domestic mobile-to-mobile calls had fallen from EUR0.161 (USD0.20) to EUR0.089 (USD0.11) per minute.