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Peruvians traveling to Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador will be able to communicate at a local rate | News

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Peruvians traveling to Bolivia, Colombia and Ecuador will be able to communicate at a local rate | News

Peruvians traveling to member countries of the Andean Community (CAN) will be able to use their postpaid mobile line without surcharges for international roaming, the Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) reported today.

The MTC promotes measures to sustain the needs of the new digital economy and the international mobility of the end users of the mobile telecommunications service, he stressed.

“In this sense, Peruvians who travel to member countries of the Andean Community (CAN) can use their postpaid mobile line without surcharges for international roaming,” he said.

In this way, as of January 1, 2022, when a Peruvian citizen with a postpaid mobile line travels to Bolivia, Ecuador or Colombia, his operator must apply the same rates in voice, data and SMS as in Peru, he said.

“In other words, users will not have to make any additional payment for the international roaming service when they are in the countries of the Andean Community,” said Marco Antonio Maldonado, Director General of Communications Policies and Regulation.

In this way, the MTC contributes to improving connectivity and accessibility, as well as guaranteeing the exercise of citizens’ rights through the progressive and gradual reduction of international roaming costs in Bolivia, Colombia, Ecuador and Peru, which is necessary for the advancement of the economic integration process of the Andean Subregion, highlighted the MTC.

Technical and coordinated work

The recent approval of the reduction of roaming rates in the CAN countries is a technical and coordinated work of months of negotiation with the other countries, in which the General Directorate of Policies and Regulation in Communications of the MTC has participated on behalf of the telecommunications sector, he indicated.

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“The MTC, in conjunction with the Peruvian regulatory body, has been working in an articulated and continuous manner with the authorities and regulatory bodies of the CAN member countries for the implementation of this Andean standard, towards a progressive elimination of international roaming” Maldonado noted.

At the 173 Extraordinary Meeting of the Andean Committee of Telecommunications Authorities (Caatel), with the participation of the MTC as the governing body of telecommunications in the country, a favorable opinion was issued on the proposal made within it, regarding the new wholesale rate scheme indicated in the second transitory provision of Decision 854, he specified.

Likewise, on October 29 in Lima, the Secretary General of the Andean Community, Jorge Hernando Pedraza, signed Resolution 2232, which approves the new wholesale rate scheme for the international roaming service in the member countries of the Andean Community, the same as It was published in the Official Gazette of the Cartagena Agreement, he pointed out.

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Posted on: 11/8/2021



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