MTC praises Entel/Movistar RAN sharing deal; takes measures to address pandemic

7 Apr 2020

Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has praised a private RAN sharing agreement between cellcos Movistar Peru and Entel Peru. In a statement the ministry said that the pact would help maximise the use of existing resources and encouraged further sharing agreements. Such measure allow for more efficient use of infrastructure that has already been deployed, the MTC went on, adding that it would also enable companies to improve coverage, capacity and service quality of their mobile services. However, the ministry stressed that both companies must still comply with the terms of their licences and other obligations, adding that the RAN sharing agreement did not exempt either party from the fulfilment of those obligations.

In a related development, meanwhile, the MTC confirmed several measures it has taken to address the changing role of the sector during the COVID-19 pandemic. To that end, the ministry issued a decree (Emergency Decree No. 035-2020) requiring telcos to prioritise telecommunications traffic from public entities, in particularly those in the health sector, to prevent vital communications being slowed by the increasing use of networks for tele-work, tele-education and leisure activities. The decree obliges telcos to provide better access to telecommunications services to the government ministries involved in combating the pandemic, including those for the interior, defence and education.

Separately, the MTC is working with the education ministry to help deliver online schooling. To that end, the MTC said it has coordinated with the nation’s telcos to ensure that the public are not charged for accessing the government’s home schooling website and that utilising the site does not consume customers’ data allowance. A spokesperson for the MTC said that six million students and 600,000 teachers would be able to use the home schooling platform free of charge.