ICE challenges Sutel MNP decision

18 Feb 2013

Incumbent telco Group ICE has challenged the decision by sector regulator Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) to select Informatica El Corte Ingles as the administrator for the nation’s number portability (NP) system, TeleSemana reports. ICE said that the selection process was flawed, adding that none of the bids met the minimum requirements stipulated by the watchdog and that the winning bidder altered its offer after it was submitted. The telco, which operates in the wireless market via its mobile arm ICE Celular and provides services under the ‘Kolbi’ name, also fought criticism that it was further attempting to hold the process, saying that its challenge ‘should be interpreted as an action against the regulator and not as a way to block number portability.’ ICE added that certain aspects of the terms of mobile number portability (MNP) violate constitutional rights.

As previously noted by CommsUpdate, Sutel has rejected more than 20 appeals from ICE to halt or delay MNP. In the selection process for an NP administrator, a committee representing all of the nation’s operators voted on the submitted applications: a unanimous vote was required for a winning bid. As had been anticipated, ICE cast its vote against its fellow carriers, obliging Sutel to intervene.