Cellcos dispute NP condition pre-3G auction

29 Aug 2008

Chilean mobile operators Movistar and Entel PCS have joined in a legal battle against the anti-trust commission (FNE), which ruled that the implementation of number portability (NP) is a prerequisite for 3G licence auctions to go ahead, reports BNamericas citing local daily Diario Financiero. The pair join digital trunking operator Nextel, cable operator VTR and the telecoms watchdog Subtel itself, all of which have already filed complaints with the Supreme Court. Entel and Movistar agree with Subtel’s argument that introducing number portability is a regulatory issue for Subtel alone to decide. The companies argue that NP implementation will take at least another two years to complete, therefore unnecessarily delaying 3G auctions.