EC Tells Spain to Get a Move On
According to the timetable outlined in the Commission's 2009 Termination Rates Recommendation (see IP/09/710 and MEMO/09/222), cost-oriented mobile termination rates should be applied across the EU by 31 December 2012. These MTRs should be set at a level equivalent to what it costs an efficient operator to terminate calls on his network. In many countries, including Spain, MTRs are currently much higher. CMT has proposed to extend the transitional period for implementation by an additional year in order to protect the interests of the mobile industry in Spain.
The Commission disagrees with CMT's argument that a significant reduction of prices by December 2012 would have too negative an impact on the mobile industry in Spain. In the Commission's view the Spanish regulator has not shown that an extension to this deadline would be justified, in particular as the industry had since 2009 to adapt to the new MTR approach. In the letter sent to CMT today, the Commission has explained that this proposal does not comply with the principles and objectives of EU telecoms rules which require Member States to promote competition and the interests of consumers in the EU, as well as the development of the Single Market.
European Commission Vice President Neelie Kroes said: "Spanish consumers should not have to pay over the odds for mobile calls, especially when domestic finances are so tight. Industry has already had 3 years to adapt and a further delay of one year is unjustifiable."