Mintel highlights connectivity achievements in first 100 days of Lasso administration

9 Sep 2021

Ecuador’s Ministry for Telecommunications and Information Society (Mintel) has presented an overview of progress made during the first 100 days of President Guillermo Lasso’s administration, highlighting achievements in Wi-Fi and 4G connectivity, digital inclusion, training and financing.

Speaking at the opening of a new digital training centre, telecoms minister Vianna Maino claimed the reform of the Telecommunications Law, which notably enables operators to directly finance rural connectivity projects using their universal service levy, had already led to the reinvestment of USD25 million, adding ‘this translates into more output, economic recovery and therefore more jobs.’

Among the concrete achievements highlighted by the minister were the activation of 887 free Wi-Fi access points nationwide, the expansion of mobile network connectivity to 14 previously unserved parishes, the activation of 4G mobile services in 285 locations, and the landing of the Mistral submarine cable. In addition, 1.3 million senior citizens are now eligible for a 50% discount on basic mobile and fixed broadband subscriptions as part of wider initiative to reduce the digital divide.

Ecuador, Ministry of Telecoms & Information Society (Mintel)