The Colombian Ministry of Information and Communications Technology, MinTIC, announced last week that it is fining the Colombian mobile operator COP $ 8.8 billion, or approximately US $ 2.287 million. Avantel for non-compliance with a law of 2013 (Resolution 2627) which obliges telecommunications operators in Colombia to offer 4G coverage in 100% of major Colombian cities by their 5e year of operation.
MinTIC says that not providing a minimum of 4G coverage violates the right of access to basic information and communication technologies for Colombians.
Avantel is set to be taken over by Telecom Partners Colombia, operating under the “WOM” retail brand, and the current fine follows a fine imposed earlier this year by MinTIC on Avantel for illegal spectrum sharing telecommunications or frequency bands carrying mobile phones. signals, with WOM.
Avantel is licensed to use the 2.4 GHz radio band and WOM has a license for 700 MHz, but competing operators Tigo and Claro have filed complaints that Avantel was illegally using WOM spectrum, and MinTIC upheld the plaintiffs.
Finance Colombia has contacted the management of WOM, which has so far not responded.