The president of Telefónica, José María Álvarez-Pallete, has affirmed that the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC) “is already taking time” to promote equalization the conditions between traditional operators with the new type “WhatsApp”. Asked this Tuesday at a breakfast in Madrid -which Efe collects- by the CNMC, which “seems in favor of equalizing the conditions between traditional operators and new Whatsapp-type operators when it comes to paying for the network (of telecommunications infrastructure)”, The president of Telefónica has responded: “They’re already late.”
Álvarez-Pallete has referred to this regulatory body, whose president, Cani Fernández, defended this week in Congress that operators of traditional telecommunications (such as Telefónica, Orange or Vodafone) and the new ones, such as WhatsApp, are subject to “equivalent” standards, so that “there is no discrimination” between one and the other
“I’m not asking you to regulate others; I ask that if they are not regulated and compete in the same way as me, that they deregulate me”, Pallete said, adding that, otherwise, “they are competing in unequal opportunities”.
The president starts “from the base” that the “definition of the relevant markets is poorly done”Bearing in mind that Telefónica not only competes with Orange or with other operators, but also with the streaming Platforms, which, however, are not defined in the market shares that regulators take into account.
“The relevant markets are not well defined”Pallete, who is in favor of self-regulation, has insisted. Pallete’s approach coincides with that of the main telecoms in Europe, Telefónica, Orange, Vodafone and Deutsche Telekom, who have recently urgently asked the EU to introduce rules that encourage digital platforms to contribute in a “proportionate” and “fair” to the costs of the telecommunications infrastructure network.
At one point in his speech, at a breakfast organized by the CEDE Foundation (Spanish Confederation of Directors and Executives), Pallete referred to the regulators on his own initiative and said: “regulation is anchored in the last century.” “The clock stopped for regulators in the last century.”
The president, who has refused to make statements to the press, has referred in his speech to advances such as the metaverse and to the changes that virtual and augmented reality will imply in the rules by which citizens are governed, including the fiscal ones, which was notn “designed for this”. He has also referred to the data, for which he has been in favor of paying and to the “spiral of silence” -the title of his lecture- which implies that