Chile to reinstate local fixed wireless licences

8 Nov 2006

The Chilean government has said it will soon sign contracts awarding wireless in the local loop (WiLL) telephony licences to Telmex and Liberty Global’s VTR, following the failure of incumbent telco Telefonica Chile to halt the tender process in the courts. The Santiago administration actually awarded the two disputed concessions last December, but Telefonica Chile subsequently filed a lawsuit seeking to annul the tender. However, a Chilean court recently rejected the case, paving the way for the concessions to be reinstated. Telmex will be awarded a licence allowing it to offer WiLL services across the country, while VTR will be given a regional concession.