Saturday , May 15 2021

Operators leave with Subtel for mobile access charges

They demanded expertise.

That was to be expected: operators wrongly accepted the government's proposal to cut mobile access costs by 84%.

Entel and Movistar, which account for more than 60% of the market (La Tercera), have requested an expert commission, which was accompanied by WOM, Claro and VTR. At the end of the day, it's all against the Undersecretariat of Telecommunications.

What does this mean? That the representative of each company, expert in the subject and "recognizable prestige", is sitting with an expert from Subtel and a third (also an expert) to comment on the technical aspects and to consider the tariff proposed by the Government.

From Entel, Entel's Regulatory and Corporate Affairs Manager, Manuel Araya, said:

The proposed network does not correspond to the current and future demand in the mobile telephony, which will prevent the adequate servicing of all users. While the dominant technology in the country today is 4G, Chile has more than 10 million people using 3G to communicate, and Subtle's proposal is not considering this technology.

This is because the Subtel proposal does not include the 3G network. On the other hand, the Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Pamela Guidi, said:

Operators sell limitless plans so that there is no technical or less economic justification for the minute voice costs more than WhatsApp or email. Therefore, like Subelt, we believe that our proposal for access fees must be in accordance with international standards, where the voice is already considered as another information.

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