Porta touts nationwide 3G by year-end; refuses to pay USD27m fine

11 Feb 2008

Conecel (Porta Celular), the Ecuadorian subsidiary of Mexican mobile giant America Movil, expects to roll out 3G video calling with nationwide coverage by the end of this year, reports BNamericas. The company is reportedly currently offering limited services over 3G technology in the capital, Quito, and Guayaquil, but telecoms regulator Senatel has not yet authorised video call services.

In other news, Porta has refused to pay a USD27 million compensation bill for rounding up end-user tariffs almost a decade ago, as it has already paid off these charges, local press quoted the cellco’s legal advisor Daniel Bernal as saying. Porta claims that the fine ‘was the opinion of the ombudsman and has no legal basis. It’s pure fantasy that they establish an approximate range of values for rounding rates: USD13 million and USD27 million.’ ‘[In the ombudsman study] it says the company posted revenue of USD29 million in 1999, while USD27 million corresponds to rounding rates?’ Bernal questioned.

Ecuador, Claro Ecuador (Conecel)