Peruvian cellcos win case against spectrum fee calculation

25 Oct 2016

Peru’s National Institute for the Defence of Free Competition and the Protection of Intellectual Property (INDECOPI) has ruled in favour of mobile operators Movistar and Claro Peru regarding the payment of annual spectrum usage fees. La Republica reports that the INDECOPI decided that the methodology used by the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) to calculate the fees was unreasonable and did not correspond to the costs incurred by the state to administer and monitor the radio spectrum. The MTC’s methodology factored in active mobile lines, leading to higher fees for operators with a greater number of active mobile subscribers, but telecoms companies argued that this created a disincentive to expand their networks and services.