CNMC conducts a public consultation regarding the changes in the regulation of fixed telephone markets The Spanish National Market and Competition Commission (CNMC) recently launched a public consultation on the retail and wholesale market access to fixed telephone networks affecting alternative operators and end users. The CNMC will analyze market competition conditions and propose that wholesale regulation should be limited to main operators who have significant market power so that they can grant their competitors access to the fixed telephone network. This proposal, which will allow alternative operators to offer access to the telephone network to its clients through the wholesale access to the main operator line (AMLT), especially to those who do not have the phone service included in their broadband package, will benefit 6.4 million users in Spain. On the issue of Over The Top (OTT) services, the CNMC does not categorize OTT services as an alternative to calls made over the traditional telephone network as to raise the issue of regulation. Unlike other countries, broadband customers in Spain already have a fixed national voice rate, so that OTT services are used mainly for international calls. All interested parties have two months to participate in the public consultation. For more information, please contact Raul Rubio, Patricia Perez, Rosario Alvarez, Ignacio Vela, Alvaro Ubeda or Cristina Monereo.