CNMC gives final approval for fixed telephony legislative changes

25 Jan 2017

Spanish telecoms regulator the Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia (CNMC) has given final approval to measures related to the retail market for access to fixed telephony (Market 1) and the wholesale market for fixed call origination (Market 2).

As previously reported by CommsUpdate, in November 2016 the watchdog revealed its intention to maintain the majority of existing wholesale regulation, arguing that doing so would be of benefit to those users taking an unbundled fixed voice service in particular. As per its plans though, it noted that some elements of wholesale regulation were no longer required, specifically noting that carrier pre-selection (CPS) regulation would be discontinued. Meanwhile, in Market 1 the CNMC set out its stall to remove the few remaining obligations that were still in place, a move which was intended to bring it in line with European Commission (EC) recommendations.

In announcing the final approval for the new legislation, the CNMC has now confirmed that obligations under which Movistar will be required to provide wholesale access at cost oriented prices are being retained. The ‘Acceso Mayorista a la Línea Telefonica’ service (Movistar’s wholesale fixed line offering) guarantees that alternative operators can offer subscribers a standalone fixed voice service, while also enabling customers to receive a single invoice for all fixed line services they may take. Also in line with it previous proposals, the regulator has confirmed the removal of obligations relating to CPS, while the remaining obligations in the retail sector have also been discontinued.