CNMC reworks Telefonica’s wholesale fibre obligations

18 Oct 2021

Spain’s National Commission for Markets and Competition (Comision Nacional de los Mercados y la Competencia, CNMC) has approved definitive regulations relating to the country’s wholesale broadband access markets (Markets 1/2020 and 3b/2014). In a total of 696 municipalities – which are home to around 70% of the Spanish population – Telefonica will be exempt from offering its competitors wholesale access services to its optical fibre networks. In the remaining 7,453 municipalities, where there is less competition between operators, wholesale access obligations will continue.

By way of a comparison, the number of ‘competitive zones’ stood at just 66 in 2016. Within three years, the CNMC says it will assess whether it is necessary to review the areas considered ‘uncompetitive’ or potentially withdraw wholesale fibre regulation throughout the territory completely.