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 Friday, February 12, 2010

El Salvador's congress is looking to amend Article 8 of the Law on Telecommunications to allow basic charges for fixed telephony lines to be based on costs rather than be inflation indexed, BNamericas reports. The state hopes the move will lower the basic monthly fixed line fee; according to a government statement, El Salvador has the highest rate in Central America at USD9.43 per month, followed by Guatemala (USD5.43), while Honduras has the lowest fee at USD2.10. As reported by CommsUpdate, last month the country’s telecoms regulator Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET) allowed operators to raise the line rental fee by almost 50% to USD14.32 per month. Soon after however, the country’s legislative assembly approved a decree that ordered the elimination of the basic fee for fixed line telephony altogether, sparking anger from telecoms operators, which threatened to withdraw investment plans if the government approved the decree.

Source: TeleGeography