Court rules that Claro may not provide fibre broadband services

14 May 2015

An administrative court in Uruguay has ruled that telecoms operator Claro is not permitted to provide fixed broadband services over its fibre-optic network infrastructure, signalling a victory for the country’s telecoms regulator Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC). In early 2012 the watchdog ordered Claro Uruguay, a wholly-owned unit of Mexico’s America Movil (AM), to stop providing fibre-optic internet access, or face a number of penalties, including the withdrawal of its operating licence. According to a statement on URSEC’s website, the court has ruled that while operators are permitted to install fibre-optic cables, they require specific authorisation and the relevant licence to provide fixed broadband services over that infrastructure. At present, state-owned fixed line incumbent Administracion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (Antel) is the only operator with a licence to provide fixed internet services in Uruguay.