WhatsApp will pay the rate of operators in Spain such as Movistar or Vodafone

He Draft of the General Telecommunications Law (Law 9/2014, of May 9 present till now) is presently in the public session to obtain opinions on doable modifications. The entry into drive is presently scheduled for the second or third quarter of 2021. In it, all firms that supply telecommunications providers will be required to register as operators, in addition to paying a rate of 0.1% of billing that they perform in telephony and messaging providers in the event that they exceed a million euros a yr for “interpersonal communication providers”. That is, for each 1,000 euros they bill, they will need to pay one tax, as they do Movistar, Vodafone or Orange really.

Messaging apps are free

However, it will be tough to find out what tax they will pay. The apps that the regulation talks about are WhatsApp, Hangouts, Facetime, Alexa and Skype. The primary providers of all these purposes, that are the most used, should not paid, so there is no such thing as a exercise to tax. With WhatsApp they may solely tax WhatsApp Business, whereas with Hangouts they must attempt to tax Google Meet, which is extra difficult as a result of it’s a service inside the G Suite bundle, and whose extra value varies relying on the bundle that’s contracted. You may also embrace different firms such as Telegram or Signal, which shouldn’t have any earnings.

This sort of cost providers characterize a tiny half with respect to the quantity of free customers that there are, and due to this fact two drawbacks are launched. The first is that assortment will be insignificant for this kind of exercise, and secondly, in the occasion that they discover an instrument to tax, the affected firms will not need to accomplish that as a result of they will declare that they aren’t common operators, however that they’re restricted to providing an internet service via the networks of those that are operators.

Goodbye to cubicles and howdy to stays of lower than 24 months

This blueprint additionally will expel the cabins and the cellphone books of the common serviceAlthough there should still be public telephones in bars in rural areas. It can be possible that Telefónica will proceed to take care of the cabins in areas the place they’re worthwhile, such as some airports.

In addition, the new regulation establishes that contracts with operators must be clearer, with a most length of two years, and the place the consumer will have the proper to maintain a steadiness, hold the quantity or ahead messages as soon as the contract has ended. Therefore, the stays of 28 or 36 months that we have now seen in some operators lately will disappear.

In return, the operators even have excellent news, the place the minimal length of licenses (such as these of the 5G spectrum) will be 20 years, having the ability to assure a extra secure path in order to ensure an accurate funding.