Latest policy developments in the LATAM telecoms sector 05 April 22 Javier Morales Fhon

Cullen International’s latest LATAM Telecoms Update highlights policy developments affecting the regulation of radio spectrum, wholesale networks and consumer protection in six major LATAM markets.

Rules related to the 3.5 GHz band were announced in Chile and Mexico.

In Peru, the award for AWS-3 and 2.3 GHz spectrum was suspended to consider possible changes to the award conditions. Separately, Pronatel, the body responsible for providing access to a universal telecommunications service, assumed the temporary operation and maintenance of the national fibre backbone network.

Brazil adopted new implementing rules on how to spend the universal service fund, while Argentina increased the budget for its universal service programmes. Colombia adopted new rules for interconnection and satellite services, and consulted on changes to its quality of service regime.

Regulators in Brazil cleared the acquisition of Oi by Claro, Vivo and TIM, while the Chilean ministry announced the complete deployment of the Southern Optical Fibre project.

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