In late January the government will announce the technical standard that the country will adopt and how the transition from analog technology will be managed.
Although it had been announced that by 2018 the transition to digital technology would be finished, it failed to start because so many obstacles were faced, from bureaucratic obstacles to a constitutional law suit.
Final testing is being done and by the end of August the system to transfer fixed and mobile telephone lines from one operator to another will be ready.
Since February the company Imcard-Mediafone has been working on implementing the system which will enable number portability in the country, which could be ready in September, according to spokesmen announced the General Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget).
Businessmen have denounced the impossibility of signing contracts to buy power for terms larger than 12 months, because there is still no regional guidelines to regulate it.
There is no point having an electricity market if you cannot import power for periods longer than one year, this is what the industrial union in El Salvador is arguing, stating that "... without long-term contracts there is no benefit. " According to the authorities, it is expected that it will only be possible to make contracts lasting more than 12 months from 2016.
It is expected that by 2018 the transition to digital TV will be complete, but the Salvadoran government has not yet established when or how it will be done.
The transition process is currently suspended because the Supreme Court has not resolved a law suit on unconstitutionality, because of this the General Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget) and the Salvadoran government have still not defined which system they will choose and how it will be implemented.
The Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications is preparing the tender conditions for an auction of 40 MHz of radio spectrum for mobile operators.
The Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (SIGET) plans to re launch the auction. Although the process of calling on the companies concerned has not yet started, a process is underway to determine if it will be opened up to new companies or only those already established.
An announcement has been made that the bidding rules for the tender for managing the porting process will be presented in the coming months.
The Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications confirmed with Elsalvador.com that "... the tender committee will be in charge of portability, which in turn will be integrated after the Portability Regulation has been officially presented, now that it has been completed."
The Economic Committee in Congress has agreed to pass a law that will enable collateral such as merchandise or intangible assets such as patents to be used to obtain loans.
The law will facilitate the process for natural and legal persons to apply for loans using collateral such as their properties, tools, patents, trademarks and merchandise. "It protects consumers more, is more respectful of consumer rights, is much fairer and avoids abuses," said the congressman, Francisco Zablah.
"The purpose of the law is to prevent abuses in the emission and administration of these types of financial products," said the FMLN lawmaker, Blanca Coto, who is on the Finance Commission.
Yesterday the Salvadoran Banking Association(Abansa) affirmed that the credit card market is properly regulated, in response to the initiative which has been unresolved by the Finance Commission since 2001.
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