Telephone companies in Panama fight over interconnection

The telephone company war is at its climax and the fighting has now been transferred to the media.

Monday, December 1, 2008

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."

The new executive president of Digicel Panama, Raul Burgos, said that on August 21 both companies signed an interconnection agreement, but that Movistar has "arrogantly" set December 11 as the date for interconnection.

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