Regulations approved to increase internet penetration

14 Nov 2013

Ecuador’s National Telecommunications Council (Conatel) and the Ministry of Telecommunications (Mintel) have jointly announced the approval of new regulatory amendments to the country’s Rules of Provision of Value Added Service (Internet Access) to fulfil a constitutional mandate (Article 16, No. 2) to ensure universal access to ICT. Following public hearings completed in September, Conatel made the necessary amendments which are aimed at increasing the penetration of fixed broadband internet access while lowering tariffs, and these were approved on 7 November. According to the joint release, the regulatory reforms allow access to the internet via an ISP’s own infrastructure, without the ISP having to liaise with a third-party to serve end-users, which it is stated will result in lower total costs to the user.