Confusion reigns in Andinatel interconnection dispute

19 Dec 2005

An interconnection dispute between Ecuadorian telecoms operators Andinatel and Porta threatened to descend into farce last Friday when the arbitration board handling the matter categorically denied having issued a decision on the case, contradicting two earlier statements issued by Andinatel. According to BNamericas, local dailies El Comercio and Expreso reported on 29 November and 30 November that the arbitrators had ordered Andinatel to pay Porta USD15 million of the USD29.5 million debt it owed – a situation which was confirmed by Andinatel on 1 December, before adding that it was still analysing the ruling. However, the Fondo de Solidaridad executive advisor Gustavo Encalada has vociferously denied the reports saying: ‘The arbitration case has still not been decided. The chamber of commerce has not made any legal decision. It has not issued any sentence.’