The government of Uruguay will begin drafting a new telecommunications law this year to update and replace the current outmoded regulatory framework, local newspaper El Observador reports, citing Ministry of Industry sub-secretary, Edgardo Ortuno. The new legislation will regulate basic fixed and mobile telephony, as well as internet access and data transmission. It will also address issues such as technological advancements and universal public service. ‘The current legal framework is fragmented and outdated by the technological advances, resulting in loopholes and different interpretations,’ Ortuno said. He added that the government will shortly begin a consultation on the new law with telecoms industry stakeholders, including public and private companies, business associations, labour unions, political parties and academia.