CNMC reduces indirect FTTH wholesale charge

26 May 2021

Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition (Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, CNMC) has reduced the indirect access point (punto de acceso indirecto, PAI) charge that alternative operators are obliged to pay Telefonica Espana (Movistar) in order to access its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network. The 2020 PAI price of EUR2.83 (USD3.46)/Mbps has been reduced to EUR2.23/Mbps and will drop to EUR1.97/Mbps in 2022.

The watchdog notes that of the 11.8 million active fibre-optic broadband lines in Spain, 2.7 million are attributed to wholesale services currently regulated by the CNMC via the Ethernet de Banda Ancha (NEBA) classification.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, NEBA was a new reference offer for wholesale broadband access that was unveiled in November 2011; it was conceived to allow alternative operators greater customisation in the wholesale services they could offer to end users.