Merged state operator to launch next week

17 Sep 2008

Ecuadorian state-run fixed line operators Andinatel and Pacifictel will merge under the name Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) next week, reports BNamericas quoting local press. Pacifictel president Walter Guerra was reported as saying that the new state telco will invest USD1 billion over the next three years with the aim of offering improved services and expanding fixed line and broadband internet coverage. The head of the country’s telecoms council Conatel, Jaime Guerrero, told BNamericas the launch of CNT will result in a drop in end-user telephony tariffs because the formerly separate operators will not have to pay each other interconnections rates. According to the country’s telecoms supervisory body Supertel, at the end of July Andinatel had 983,780 fixed line subscribers, whilst Pacifictel had 707,790.