President’s misgivings won’t stop regulator approving Copaco mobile

1 Jul 2005

Paraguayan regulator Conatel could sanction the launch of mobile services by fixed line operator Copaco as early as next week, according to the body’s new chief Jorge Pavetti. Pavetti told local daily La Nación that the company has every right to apply for a wireless concession and said he was unfazed by Paraguayan president Nicanor Duante’s attempts to prevent the launch. The president is reported to be pushing for Copaco to make its wireline business profitable before turning its attentions to the mobile market. Earlier this month Copaco delayed the rollout of its GSM network from August to November 2005. It hopes to sign up more than 140,000 users and is launching with a network of 140 base stations, and investing around USD12 million – plus USD4 million on a complementary data network project.

Paraguay, Copaco