According to the Government, mobile phone users in Spain will see improvements in mobile phone coverage and faster internet services with a reduction in prices following new legislation approved by the Spanish Cabinet.
The new legislation proposes to achieve these benefits by making it easier for operators to expand and improve on networked services by creating a single nationwide system, thereby negating the need to apply for a myriad of licenses in each local area, as is the case currently. This has acted as a disincentive to operators to improve and expand on their service offerings and the changes should motivate an improvement in the situation and motivate operators to develop their service offerings with higher speed internet and lower costs for customers the end result.
The new legislation replaces laws that have been in place since 2003 against the backdrop of an industry that has undergone dramatic change and development over the last ten years, making the old legislation inappropriate and which also tended to make developing new services for consumers too costly as each new service would entail new infrastructure which would require application for licenses in each region.
The government will harmonize the technical requisites for telecommunications across the country and use the new laws to ensure that, for example, the community groups that administer urbanisations and blocks of apartments must permit the deployment of the required equipment as well as allowing the operators in the telecommunications market to use frequencies currently restricted to use by the State.
It is hoped that the legislative changes will create a substantial number of employment opportunities as a result of a projected €25bn investment by industry in the coming years.
The legislation having been approved by the Cabinet, and reviewed by the Communications regulator and the Competition Authority will now be sent to Parliament for debate and a final vote.