Lawmakers approve National Automatic Roaming Bill

9 Jun 2020

Chile’s upper house has approved the National Automatic Roaming (Roaming Automatico Nacional, RAN) Bill, which establishes an obligation for mobile network operators (MNOs) to share their networks to provide connectivity to users in remote and/or rural areas. According to sector watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) the legislation will provide access to voice, messaging and mobile internet services to users in 3,200 underserved locations. The regulations will allow users in such areas to utilise the network of any operator with coverage of the area, regardless of their service provider; the service provider in question would then compensate the network operator for use of their infrastructure. To that end, operators must create public wholesale offers for the use of their facilities, on a cost-oriented and non-discriminatory basis. The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (Miniseterio de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones, MTT) will issue new regulations governing these offers, which will be subject to approval from Subtel.