Guatemala: Sanctions against Cell Phone Vendors

The Superintendence of Telecommunications prepares the procedure to start issuing sanctions of up to $25,800 from February 2020, to businesses that do not have a registry of mobile terminal equipment and SIM cards.

Thursday, December 12, 2019

The regulations have been in force for years, as on October 9, 2013, Decree 8-2013, the Mobile Terminal Equipment Law, came into force, which mandates the creation of the Registry of Mobile Terminal Equipment and SIM Cards Dealers, both under the responsibility of the Superintendence of Telecommunications (SIT).

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The Decree stipulates that "... Any individual or legal entity that imports, exports, assembles, distributes, sells or in any way commercializes with mobile terminal equipment and/or SIM cards must register with the Superintendence of Telecommunications. For this purpose, it must provide the required information and documentation, and thus obtain proof of registration."

Prensalibre.com reports that "... According to SIT technicians, persons or companies that do not have this registration will receive a sanction between Q100 thousand ($12,900) and Q200 thousand ($25,800), however, so far they have not issued any because they are preparing the procedure that they will implement from February 2020."

The article adds that "... The elaboration of the procedure began in September 2019, because within the functions of the SIT is to supervise businesses, legal persons or operators, to whom only a notice has been extended that they have 10 working days to be able to do the procedure."

See Decree 8-2013.

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