Correa confirms new telecoms and IT ministry

21 Oct 2008

Ecuadorian president Rafael Correa has announced the creation of a new telecommunications and IT ministry, reports BNamericas. Correa said that the new ministry would reduce bureaucracy in its role of coordinating all aspects of the telecoms sector, which is currently regulated by three agencies, with another institution in charge of broadcasting. Consejo Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Conatel) administrates and regulates telecoms policy; Secretario Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Senatel) executes telecoms policy, enforcing the regulator’s actions; and Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Supertel) oversees the sector and is responsible for spectrum monitoring and enforcement, type approval and statistical services. Another state body, Conartel, regulates television and radio services. As part of the country’s telecoms reforms, state-owned incumbent telcos Andinatel and Pacifictel are in the process of merging under the name Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT).