International roaming charges among the countries of the Mercosur free trade area could end by mid–year, according to Teresita Palacios, head of Paraguay’s telecoms watchdog Conatel. Mercosur roaming
Mercosur or ‘común Mercado del Sur’ members are: Argentina, Brazil, Paraguay, and Uruguay.
For the rest of America, she said that it still depends on the countries’ endorsement.
Two weeks ago, during a meeting of the Inter-
“We are working with Argentina, Brazil and we could also work with Uruguay on the Mercosur plan. The intention is to disappear. We intend to advance at the level of neighboring countries. In May we have a meeting, “she said.
Teresita Palacios added that this could be achieved before the second half of this year (June) and that it helps that operators view these negotiations with good eyes.
In order for this same process to take place with the other countries of the Americas, she said that “each country has to approve what we decide in that forum”.
Palacios admitted at another point that our country is still behind in terms of fixed internet service, which, he said, does not happen with the mobile phone. She admitted, however, that the rate is still very high, considering the Mediterranean condition of our country, which is why the cost becomes more expensive. “The operators negotiated and already got better prices and on our part there are negotiations so that they get cheaper to them and that also reaches the final consumer,” she argued. Mercosur roaming