Spanish telecoms regulator the Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has announced the approval of Telefonica Espana’s ‘NEBA Local’ service – the equivalent of what many other European countries call virtual unbundled local access (VULA).
As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in February 2016 the regulator approved the final regulations governing Spain’s wholesale broadband market, as part of which it ordered fixed line incumbent Telefonica to maintain differentiated obligations for its copper and fibre-based networks dependent on the level of competition in each geographical area. As part of these responsibilities, Telefonica was required to make available a VULA service within 18 months of the ruling, applicable in those areas deemed non-competitive; approximately 65% of the population are in such areas, with only 66 municipalities having been declared competitive. With the CNMC now having published a resolution approving the new wholesale service (Resolution OFE/DTSA/005/16), altnets will be able to offer symmetrical speeds of up to 300Mbps over the incumbent’s fibre infrastructure.
In parallel to the above, the CNMC has approved a significant reduction in wholesale prices for capacity via Resolution OFE/DTSA/003/16, with the price of contracted capacity for indirect access to both Telefonica’s fibre and copper networks having been cut from EUR7.98 (USD8.53) per Mbps to EUR4.79.