The Spanish National Market and Competition Commission (CNMC) has decided to sanction a major telecommunications operator in Spain as a result of improperly refusing to make portability transfers of 381 numbers belonging to Telecommunications and Information Technologies Center (Centre de Telecomunicacions i Tecnologies de la Informació - CTTI), an entity under the authority of the Government of Catalonia. The fine amounts to € 300,000.
The sanctioned operator was in charge of managing telecommunications services of the CTTI from 2006 until December 2012. That same year, the service provision contract was brought to public tender, which resulted to the transfer of the operations to another major operator .
According to the CNMC, the operator based the refusal on several occasions on no valid grounds, and with the only purpose of preventing the portability, and as a consequence obstruct the further transfer of the service to the new operator. In the words of the CNMC, "This has had obvious negative effects on the public interest since it has prevented the affected government communications to function properly and without interruption".