US asks Osiptel for more haste in cutting interconnection charges

23 Sep 2005

The US has written to Peru’s telecoms regulator Osiptel to request that it speed up the implementation of a plan to cut interconnection charges for mobile network call terminations. According to the Lima newspaper Gestión, the regulator plans to slash its current rates by 48.6% over three years, starting in January 2006. However, the US coordinator for international communications and information policy, David Gross, has baulked at the time frame and warned that a ‘dragged-out transition’ could prove detrimental to the industry, driving down demand for telecoms services and hurting both Peruvian and US consumers. Mr Gross also argues that Osiptel could be in violation of its international obligations concerning ‘international agreements on transparency, non-discrimination and impartiality in matters of competition’.