The vintage spirit of the telephone booths will end up happening to the history before a generation stuck to their "smartphones". So he has subscribed the National Commission of Markets and Competition (CNMC), in a report prepared at the request of the Secretariat of State for Digital Advancement (SEAD), in which again insists on the withdrawal of telephone booths due to its deficit. This service provided by Telefónica managed to prolong its "useful" life one more year after the Government pardoned its withdrawal on December 31st.
At the end of 2018, when the death of the booths was practically a fact, the Spanish operator lost between two and five million euros each year for this service. And is that the number of calls is inversely proportional to the cost of its maintenance. That same year only 1,15 calls per day were made for each of the 16,600 booths. Six months later, the CNMC again calls for the eradication of this universal telecommunications service in the face of a further decrease in the number, traffic and unit revenue per cabin throughout the Spanish territory, as already noted in its 2016 report.
The Commission again suggests "reviewing the advisability of maintaining the mandatory nature of the provision of this service as one of the universal service obligations", an assistance included in the General Telecommunications Law. On March 12, 2019, the cessation of the obligatory nature of two services included in the universal telecommunications service was determined: the telephone directories and the inquiry service on subscriber numbers.
Now, the CNMC is committed to the maintenance of two other of them, the connection to the public network of electronic communications and the provision of the telephone service available to the public, as they are not insured by the free market. However, he writes the note of the cabins that, nowadays, already act as advertising panels or canvases for vandalism.
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