Chile lawmakers approve National Automatic Roaming Bill

The initiative will make it possible to eliminate geographical barriers and will make it easier for users of some 3,200 locations with connectivity deficits to contract the mobile service that best suits their needs

Chile’s upper house has approved the National Automatic Roaming (Roaming Automatico Nacional, RAN) Bill, which establishes an obligation for mobile network operators (MNOs) to share their networks to provide connectivity to users in remote and/or rural areas. chile national roaming

According to sector watchdog the Department of Telecommunications (Subsecretaria de Telecomunicaciones, Subtel) the legislation will provide access to voice, messaging and mobile internet services to users in 3,200 underserved locations.

The regulations will allow users in such areas to utilise the network of any operator with coverage of the area, regardless of their service provider; the service provider in question would then compensate the network operator for use of their infrastructure.

To that end, operators must create public wholesale offers for the use of their facilities, on a cost-oriented and non-discriminatory basis. The Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications (Miniseterio de Transportes y Telecomunicaciones, MTT) will issue new regulations governing these offers, which will be subject to approval from Subtel.

Meanwhile, the Undersecretary of Telecommunications, Pamela Gidi, maintained that “the approval of this initiative is a milestone for the country’s telecommunications sector, comparable in its impact as a public policy to what the implementation of Portability meant for users Numerical. This project will become a digital social mobilizer, since there will no longer be geographical ties to access connectivity and users will be able to choose the company that best meets their communication needs. ”

However, the authority added that there is still significant work on connectivity. “Although with this initiative we have taken an important step in bridging the digital divide experienced by many users, improving their connectivity and thus their quality of life, it is still not enough. For this reason, as SUBTEL we continue working on more projects that will allow us to bring more connectivity to all corners of the country, such as the National Fiber Optic and the Austral Fiber Optic, which will provide around 15 thousand kilometers of high-speed connection ”.

A regulation, which will be issued by the Ministry of Transport and Telecommunications, will regulate the norms and terms to which the set of technical, economic, operational, commercial and other conditions that must be contained in the respective contracts and the offers of facilities, shall be bids are subject to the approval of the Undersecretariat of Telecommunications. chile national roaming


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