Ecuador’s regulator ARCOTEL (Agencia de Regulacion y Control de las Telecomunicaciones) has begun talks with the country’s two largest mobile operators about revising the terms of their licences after they expire.
The concessions held by Conecel (Claro) and Otelecel (Movistar) are due to expire in 2023. The talks are aimed at establishing the operators’ spectrum management rights as well as the various technical and legal requirements that will apply thereafter.
CommsUpdate reports that the discussions will be monitored by national and international observers to ensure transparency. The government’s aim is to set concession terms that encourage investment and job creation as well as boosting coverage across Ecuador.