Telefonica Espana fined by CNMC for breaching wholesale broadband rental regulations

16 Oct 2015

Spanish telecoms watchdog the Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has fined local fixed line incumbent Telefonica Espana EUR5.0 million (USD5.7 million) for violating regulations regarding the rental of broadband connections to the nation’s alternative operators. According to Reuters, the regulator ruled that Telefonica Espana, which offers its services under the Movistar banner, had applied charges and clauses in the rental of Ethernet circuits above those allowed by legislation. Operators affected by the violations – which the CNMC said had been repeated between October 2010 and February 2015 – included Vodafone Spain, Jazztel and BT.

While the decision cannot be appealed via administrative channels, the CNMC did confirm that Telefonica Espana could fight it via the High Court, with a two month deadline for the telco to start such action should it choose to.