MVNO, roaming regulations near to implementation

3 Jul 2014

Ecuadorian communications watchdog Conatel has presented two new regulations aimed at promoting the entry of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and national mobile network roaming agreements, both of which will now undergo public hearings ahead of their implementation. Telesemana reports that the new MVNO regulations incorporate guideline tariffs, interconnection rates and licence terms, and Conatel expects the new provisions to increase competition in the mobile market, with the entry of new operators under MVNO licences. Conatel has also stipulated automatic national roaming access services in order to ‘optimise the competitive conditions of the mobile market, improve national coverage of mobile services, encourage the entry of new and improved mobile technologies and reduce the [competitive] concentration of the mobile market in Ecuador.’