Regulator approves measures to boost competition in mobile market

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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.