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Entel and Movistar are flexible in the struggle with Subtel for cellular telephone rates

On Thursday, the Modification and Insistence Report (IMI) elaborated by the operator was announced and they announced their differences regarding the authority proposal, which was published last November about further accusations of cellular access.

In the letter, Entel and Movistar, which have proposed rates of $ 5.71 per minute and $ 6.07 per minute respectively, lowered their expectations, but they are still far from what was suggested by Undersecretariat of Telecommunications (Subtel), $ 1, 4 minutes. In the Entel case, they raised rates of $ 4.9 per minute and in the case of Spain $ 4.6 per minute.

As much as Claro and WOM again lowered the proposed tariff. The first, from $ 1.2 per minute to $ 1 per minute and the second from $ 0.2 per minute to $ 0.19 per minute. VTR is the only operator that submits superior proposals from the previous one, ranging from $ 0.16 per minute to $ 0.2 per minute.

Expert opinion. IMI was accompanied by the opinion of the Expert Commission requested by Entel, Movistar, Claro and VTR, with the aim of producing technical partners for authority proposals.

Tables – from non-binding characters – consist of three experts in this field. WOM is the only operator that chooses not to have experts. The cost per expert is 25,000 UF (around US $ 100 thousand).

In the report, there was broad support for Subtel's technical proposal to exclusively consider 4G technology for calculating new costs for access costs, with eight of a total of 12 experts supporting the government's thesis.

Of the four experts who have different opinions from government proposals, two of them represent operators who have pushed lower levels, namely, Entel and Movistar.

"Demand for data from telecommunications users can only grow in the next few years, which is why it is very important to create conditions for high-speed cellular networks to continue to grow and provide benefits for users, such as 4G networks and reaching nearly 15 million users in just four year, "said Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Pamela Gidi.

The definition of fees for cellular access fees will be completed in January and will be valid for five years. With the issuance of the IMI and the Expert Commission report, the authority will determine the company's model and tariff.

Gidi added that "the final level of access costs will enable us to continue to increase competition, eliminate artificial asymmetry. In addition, this reduction in tariffs which are currently costs for companies, can be transferred in the main and better benefits for telecommunication users".

From WOM and VTR they appreciate the delivery of these reports, ensuring that the results are in accordance with their initial approach.

Meanwhile, Movistar said that his report showed that "the model considered by the authorities presents serious numerical inconsistencies." Entel, meanwhile, stressed that the opinion of Tomás Flores expert, who was appointed by mutual agreement, recommended a mixed network of 3G and 4G for Efficient Companies and the gradual adoption of VoLTE technology, in line with its approach.

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