Peru could potentially see the arrival of three new mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) in 2015, with MVNO heavyweight Virgin, AT&T and Chilean retail group Falabella all having expressed an interested in the entering the market. La Republica cites deputy communications minister Raul Perez Reyes as saying that all three have confirmed their interest in launching services. The trio will need to negotiate terms with one or more of the nation’s mobile network operators (MNOs), a process which, under new legislation may take no more than two months. If that time limit is exceeded, sector regulator Osiptel will intervene to determine the price the MVNO must pay for access to the telco’s network. As such, the official expects the three newcomers to finalise their agreements in Q1 2015, and to be operational early in H2 2015.
As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, one operator has already entered Peru’s MVNO market, although the provider – Movistar’s youth-oriented sub-brand ‘Tuenti’ – is not technically an MVNO in the eyes of the regulator. Whilst Tuenti operates as a full MVNO in its other markets, Movistar has been forced to do things differently in Peru to bypass legislation which prevents MNOs from having any legal or economic ties to MVNOs. To that end, Tuenti has been retained as a part of Movistar, rather being spun off as a separate entity as has been done in Mexico and Spain.