Mincom: 55 licence requests since August

23 Oct 2007

Colombia’s Communications Ministry (Mincom) has reported that it has received 55 licence requests since it passed a decree on telecoms convergence on 31 July 2007. According to BNamericas, of the total 18 are to offer long-distance telephony and 37 to offer value added services such as internet and data transmission. Mincom has already awarded eight licences, four of which are for national and international long-distance voice telephony. Among the four to have been awarded long-distance licences are Mexico’s Telmex and Infracel, a unit of America Movil’s Comcel. The former is focusing on strengthening its portfolio of services for the corporate segment, while Comcel has up until now been offering long-distance services through third parties. New licensees have one year to launch services.