Regulator approves measures to boost competition in mobile market

Monday, October 3, 2011

Colombia's regulatory communications commission (CRC) has approved new measures to boost competition in the mobile market, according to a CRC announcement.

As of October 1, no mobile operator can block a mobile device, allowing it to be activated on any network in the country.

In April 2012, CRC will provide users with a website to consult and easily compare rates offered by local mobile operators. Additionally, interconnection rates between mobile operators will start to be reduced gradually, from 98 pesos a minute currently to 42 pesos (US$0.021) by 2015.

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In addition, the regulator will study new proposals during the last quarter of 2011, including easing interconnection rates for SMS, from 59 pesos to a single-digit figure by 2015.

Dropping rates for calls made from fixed to mobile lines, currently at 177 pesos, will also be discussed.

The regulator will also seek to establish a best practices code to promote business between content and applications providers and mobile operators, as well as examine the possibility of implementing measures exclusive to mobile operator Comcel, which has a dominant position in the market.