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Conintel Calls for Basic Telephony Clarification

Bnamericas Published: Monday, March 22, 1999
Venezuela's Telecommunications & Technology Council (Conintel) plans to ask the director of telecommunications regulator Conatel, Diosdado Cabello, to clarify how the local telephone market will operate when the monopoly held by Venezuela's state owned telephone company Cantv (NYSE: VNT) ends in November 2000. Conintel will raise its questions at the Conference of Telecommunications Investors & Companies to be held this Wednesday (Mar.24), Conintel president Alberto Arape said. The telecommunications sector expects free competition to be guaranteed so that all companies can participate in basic telephony as well as cable TV and Internet, Arape said. Competition should not be based on economic bids but the level of service on offer, Arape said.

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