Authorities move to improve interconnection

23 Dec 2011

Telecoms authorities from Chile and Peru have met to discuss improvements to cross-border coordination of the communications sector. Chile’s Undersecretary of Telecommunications Jorge Atton, and Peru’s Deputy Minister of Communications Raul Perez Reyes, began the talks in Tacna yesterday, and agreed to consider ways to reduce roaming costs between the two countries. Teams from both nations are to begin analysing the legal and technical aspects of integration immediately, and by March 2012 will draw up proposals to reduce or eliminate the current cost to end users in the Tacna-Arica border area. Also on the agenda was the joint project to construct a cross-border fibre-optic link, a blueprint for which is also expected to be completed by the end of the first quarter of 2012.

The two ministers also discussed spectrum management for 4G wireless platforms, and a joint action to correct radio and television interference in border areas. The talks are ongoing, and are part of a region-wide strategy, agreed by the Union of South American Nations (UNASUR) to improve interconnection through bi-lateral and multi-lateral agreements.