El Salvador Postpones Implementation of New Telephone Tariffs

Congressmen extend by nine months the coming into effect of new tariffs.

Friday, October 8, 2010

Elsalvador.com writes, "Lawmakers of all political parties approved in April of this year an amendment to Article 8 of the Telecommunications Act which reduced the charge to $ 6.14 and calls to $ 0.21 per minute (both costs without VAT), but the Superintendence of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget) has not created a chart with the maximum prices for fixed and mobile telephones, which would allow to reduce the basic rate, according to committee members of Congress´s Economy Commission. The extension request made by the Siget which creates delay in implementing the new rates will cause inconvenience to users.

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Lower Telephony Rates in El Salvador

April 2010

Fixed residential telephony will drop 26% and the minimum rate for post-paid landlines will be $6.94.

The cost of calling from a landline to a mobile one will drop $0.02, from $0.26 to $0.24.

From Laprensagrafica.com: “The decree also sets at $0.09 the termination cost in either mobile or fixed networks. ‘Users may not be charged above the maximum fee for any extra air time or network usage’ reads the decree”.

El Salvador: Basic Telephony Fee Would Be $6.91

March 2010

The Economy Commission of the Legislative Assembly agreed to reduce the basic fee in 35%, setting the new rate at $6.12 plus VAT.

This proposal, not passed yet by Congress, includes setting a $0.21 fee when calling from land lines to mobile ones.

“Congressmen agreed to grant SIGET (Telecomm Superintendence), 6 months to establish an integral cost calculation methodology”, reported Elsalvador.com.

No To Politic Regulation of Prices

March 2010

In El Salvador, many argue if Congress should establish the basic rate of fixed telephony.

An article in Elsalvador.com remarks that "economic analysts and representatives of the private sector argue that lawmakers shouldn't regulate prices, as they intend to do with a decree to lower the basic fee for fixed telephony.

El Salvador: Telecomm Companies Agree To Lower Basic Fee

February 2010

They agreed to a reduced basic fee, but in turn request changes in how fees are applied when calling from landlines to mobile ones.

Claro-Telecom proposed to lower the rates to their pre-1997 levels, before the privatization of the National Telecommunications Authority, or to the regional average of $7.29.