Digicel and Movistar started to compete with problems.
The entrance of Digicel in the cell phone market in Panama brought all kinds of things. From the "Bond Girls," to disputes with competitors, specifically about interconnection with Telefonica Movistar.
Via a press release, Digicel affirmed that "they finally got Movistar to agree to completing the ..."
The telephone company war is at its climax and the fighting has now been transferred to the media.
Digicel, one of the companies which will enter the market in December, gave the first blow. Using an advertising campaign with the phrase "Movistar stop blocking competition" accused Telefonica Panama of using "tactics and last minutes attempts to delay the entrance of competitors in the market."
Claro has filed an appeal with the Costa Rican Superintendency of Telecomunitions denouncing the agreement.
The complaint filed by Claro asks the regulator to eliminate several articles of the agreement, which has already been signed, on the grounds that they contain monopolistic practices "in violation of the competitive regime."
Cell-phone companies have 6.6 million wireless phone numbers allocated, but only 3 million are active.
Through March 2009, Cable & Wireless (C&W) and Telefónica Móviles (Movistar) have 2.7 million lines each, Digicel has 900 thousand and Claro Panama, which has just begun operations, has 300 thousand, according to data from the National Authority for Public Services published by Prensa.com.
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