A few days ago, we told you at Paperweights about Entel's response to criticism for its proposal for setting access fees. Today a new chapter is written in this dispute.
In his statement, the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications (SUBTEL) announced the results of the reports of expert commissions. this, have been requested by Entel, Movistar, VTR and ClaroWOM finally refused to request one.
The commissions consist of three experts. Of these, one represents the applicant company, the other – the deputy minister, and the latter is chosen by mutual agreement of the parties. as there were about four commissions, there were 12 experts in this process,
Of the total number of experts (12), eight of them tended to support the Subtel proposal, which indicates the use of 4G technology as a model for calculating the cost of access of companies to the network. The technology proposed by Entel, Claro and Movistar was 3G and 4G.Meanwhile, WOM and VTR have dealt with as proposed by the government, 4G + VoLTE.
Regarding the above, the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications Pamela Gidi said:
The demand for data from telecommunications users can only increase in the coming years, so it is important to create conditions for the growth of high-speed mobile networks and provide benefits to users, such as the 4G network.
Movistar and Entel are the biggest opponents of the government’s proposals.which were presented by two of the four experts who were against what was proposed by Subtel.
Submission of this report is optional for decisions.but endorses the arguments presented by the executive. On January 25, 2019, a new tariff decree was put into effect. it will rule for five years.
The only one who mentioned this question at the moment was Movistarwho through his representative Fernando Saiz, director of strategy, regulation and public relations of Movistar Chilestated the following:
“Within the framework of the current Mobile Tariff Process at Movistar Chile, we appreciate the closure of the expert’s request, which materialized with the publication of a report on changes and additions submitted on December 26 of this year.
In this sense, it is worth mentioning the participation in our commission of an expert with extensive experience as the former Minister of Transport and Telecommunications Pedro Pablo Errazuris, an expert witness in the agreement between the authorities and the company, who supported the need for proper consideration of the company's model. the current reality of the telecommunications market, which includes the use of 3G and 4G technologies for the provision of mobile voice services.
Similarly, a report submitted by Movistar Chile showed that the model considered by the authorities represents serious numerical discrepancies. For example, the proposal did not take into account that the majority of 4G terminals currently on the market do not support such technology as voice transmission in LTE technology (VoLTE).
In this regard, it is important to clarify that all phones that do not support VoLTE technology should be completely replaced by an efficient company to work exclusively on 4G network, which significantly increases the costs of a company that only works with VoLTE, which makes it less efficient than a company which provides low 3G and 4G.
From Movistar, we urge that this tariff process be governed by strict technical and economic criteria, and we believe that the arguments and figures presented in the process are taken into account, thus correcting the serious errors and inconsistencies found at this stage of the process. ”