CNT and Claro agree deal on rural infrastructure investment

21 Nov 2019

Ecuador’s state-owned operator Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) and Claro, the country’s leading mobile network operator (MNO) by subscribers, have agreed a deal to coordinate their efforts to deploy mobile and high-speed data services in areas with no network coverage. The two companies will undertake joint infrastructure investment in unserved areas, which will be prioritised according to population density, socioeconomic conditions and geography. Ecuador’s Agency for Regulation & Control of Telecommunications (Agencia de Regulacion y Control de las Telecomunicaciones, Arcotel) revealed in August that 367 of the country’s 1,044 parishes lack mobile connectivity. Under the terms of the deal, both operators will be able use the new infrastructure according to an agreed price regime governing return on investment. Other MNOs will also be granted access if they reciprocate and contribute financially.