Osiptel sets flat MTR; MTC alters rules for spectrum fees

31 Jan 2018

Peruvian telecoms watchdog the Supervisory Agency for Private Investment in Telecommunications (Organismo Supervisor de Inversion Privada en Telecommuniciones, Osiptel) has approved plans to introduce a symmetric mobile termination rate (MTR) of USD0.00661 per minute, effective from 1 January 2018. In its announcement, the regulator noted that the MTR would be revised each year, using an ‘efficient company model in the absence of adequate information from … operating companies.’ As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, MTRs were previously set back in April 2015, with market leaders Claro and Movistar charging USD0.0176 per minute for terminating calls on their network, whilst calls to Entel and Bitel were initially charged at USD0.0325, but gradually fell to USD0.0201 by end-2017.

In a related development, meanwhile, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has issued a decree to amend elements of the General Regulation of Telecommunications Act pertaining to spectrum fees. The amendment alters the methodology for calculating annual spectrum fees payable by mobile service providers, and provides for a potential reduction in fees for operators that expand coverage to unserved areas or implement technological upgrades to their networks.