Spanish telecommunications regulator CMT has fined incumbent operator Telefonica for delaying the provision of naked ADSL wholesale services.
The fine reaches EUR 11 million. CMT set regulations for naked DSL wholesale access in March 2008. The regulator granted Telefonica a period of four months from that date to start offering the service to alternative operators. The current sanction against Telefonica follows a series of complaints from Vodafone. After months of investigation, CMT found that Telefonica is "directly responsible for committing a very serious infringement" against regulations for provision of naked ADSL wholesale services. According to the CMT resolution, the Spanish incumbent operator delayed by one year the implementation of the bitstream access service provision, limiting the ability of alternative operators to compete on a market dominated by Telefonica. Telefonica plans to appeal the CMT ruling, Cinco Dias reports.