Regulator head expects MVNOs in near future

4 Oct 2006

The head of the telecoms regulator Subtel, Pablo Bello, has told reporters that only once Chile’s cellcos reach agreements to unbundle their networks will the entrance of MVNOs be possible, writes BNamericas. ‘The government has said there is no special regulation required for MVNOs to enter the market. In the countries where this business model has been successful there are no regulations but agreements between operators that own the networks and those that do not," Bello said. Negotiations are currently taking place and Subtel expects them to come to a positive conclusion. Telefónica Móviles Chile CEO Oliver Flögel is less optimistic however, telling local newspaper Diario Financiero that ‘there is a need for clear rules to grant a concession and we understand that those rules do not exist. There are too many questions about post-sales services, who is responsible for the clients or what would happen if the MVNO leaves the market.’

To date, ISP and operators VTR and GTD are understood to have requested permission from Subtel to enter the mobile market as MVNOs.