Government to begin 4G licence negotiations with cellcos, vice-president indicates

25 Jul 2013

Ecuador’s vice-president, Jorge Glas, has revealed that the government will begin negotiations with the country’s two private sector mobile network operators Movistar and Claro on the issuing of new frequencies, in a disclosure which was presumed to refer to licences which will facilitate the launch of 4G LTE mobile broadband services. As reported by Telesemana, the vice-president was quoted as saying in a television broadcast on 20 July: ‘Now we will negotiate new spectrum, we are doing the assessment,’ while adding that ‘in this new contract [the government] will be much more demanding [compared to previous licence conditions] in [stipulating standards of] the mobile service quality.’