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Colombia: Superintendence issues warning against Movistar

 |  March 8, 2016

Colombia’s Superintendence for Industry and Commerce (SIC) has issued a judicial caution, promoted by Claro against rival Movistar, accusing it of having harmed competition by preventing the execution of a technical test ordered by the Telecommunications Ministry (MinTic). Current conditions meant to be altered by the test favor Movistar, which has 100% 3G coverage across the country, while Claro and others are limited to 2G coverage.

The MinTic had scheduled a technical test with mandatory participation by all major operators, to be carried owut between 11:00 pm on February 13th and 6:00 am the following day around the city of Sincelejo. Movistar, however, did not join in the test, which caused it to be cancelled.

This behaviour has been considered as contrary to the principles of fair competition and good faith, as all market actors are expected to collaborate with authorities in their search for optimizing resources in order to benefit operators, the market and the consumer.

Full content: El Heraldo

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