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Colombia: SIC accuses claro of ignoring asymmetrical obligations

 |  June 7, 2016

Colombian industry and trade regulator SIC has determined that Comcel, the country’s leading mobile operator and owned by Claro (part of Mexico’s América Móvil multinational) has engaged in unfair competition by violating the terms imposed on it by the Communications Regulation Commission, which established an asymmetrical rate for inter-connection services.

Between 2012 and 2014 the CRC determined that Claro, which controls close to 50% of Colombia’s mobile market, should pay a higher price to its competitors for access to their network interconnection services. However, the SIC investigators determined that Claro had failed to apply this payment scheme from January 2015, arguing that the CRC’s imposition had expired the previous December, a claim denied by the organism.

The SIC has noted that its decision has already been appealed by Comcel, leaving it to the Civilian Hall of Bogota’s Supreme Court to ultimately resolve the issue at a later date.

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