Spain's new telecom regulation to be voted on in two weeks

Juan Fernandez Gonzalez | 03-09-2013

Spain's Minister of Industry, José Manuel Soria, has set 13 September as the date for voting on the new telecom law. The regulation, which intends to simplify the administrative aspects of the market and make it more stable, has already been considered by the Government.

The Ley General de Telecomunicaciones aims to improve the legal security of the market and remove current impediments to the roll-out of new technologies. "This means a united market between the sector's own regulation and the different regional administrations," explained Soria.
What it does not mean, however, is a clarification of the spectrum situation which is affecting DTT in Spain. Soria remarked that the restructuring of slots to leave space for LTE is still under construction because circumstances have changed a lot following the two rulings which declared some of the digital signals to be illegal. There is still time to rearrange the spectrum before the 1 January 2014 deadline.
In addition, the new law will create a national telecoms authority, the Comisión Nacional de los Mercados y de la Competencia, which will be responsible for all regulation as well as acting as an intermediary in conflicts between operators.
The Minister also stated his position in the debate around the unification of Europe's telecom market. Soria said that a stable market will bring more opportunities and better competence, as well as more security for the customers.