Porta claiming USD30 million

4 Mar 2005

Ecuador’s largest mobile operator, Porta Celular, has revealed that it will have to cut its investments if it does not receive the USD30 million which it is owed in interconnect charges. BNamericas reports that Porta is owed the money by fixed line operators Andinatel and Pacifictel. The interconnect agreement between the companies expired last April and the wireline telcos are arguing that fees should be set at around USD0.08 a minute, while mobile operators want double that figure. Porta, which has around two million mobile subscribers, says their refusal to pay is damaging the country’s telecoms markets.

Ecuador, Claro Ecuador (Conecel)