Etapa wants to alter mobile deal

16 Jun 2005

EtapaTelecom, the local telco in the city of Cuenca, is seeking to renegotiate the terms of its mobile agreement with Ecuador’s third largest cellular operator, Telecsa. EtapaTelecom, which holds a concession to operate fixed and mobile networks only in Cuenca, signed a roaming deal with Telecsa eight months ago to give cellular connectivity nationwide. However, a report from local newspaper El Comercio says that the Cuenca-based operator is becoming unhappy with its side of the bargain and wants to modify its terms. The company has signed up around 8,000 mobile users in the city but it reports that growth is slowing and it wants to renegotiate the commercial side of the agreement. Telecsa launched at the end of 2003 and by the end of March 2005 had around 140,000 customers across Ecuador to give it 3.4% of the total cellular market.

Ecuador, ETAPA, Telecsa (Alegro PCS)