Bolivia’s ATT and ITU want free roaming throughout Andean community

Bolivia’s telecommunications regulation authority ATT and the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) have issued a statement confirming that they will work together to promote the goal of ending international roaming charges between countries in the Andean Community. In a meeting attended by ITU secretary-general Houlin Zhao, Bolivia’s minister of public works, services and housing Milton Claros Hinojosa, deputy minister of telecommunications Marcos Vasquez Quiroga and ATT executive director Roque Roy Mendez.
At the meeting between the authorities, the ITU representative who visited Bolivia highlighted the social inclusion in communications, carried out by the government’s policies in favor of the universal right of access to communication, and highlighted the support that would give this prestigious (the oldest intergovernmental organization in the world specialized in telecommunications of the United Nations – UN), in the policies and governmental projects in the sector.

During the meeting, issues related to the elimination of roaming between CAN countries were addressed, with both ITU and ATT agreeing to push forward this measure; which will allow when a Bolivian citizen travels to another Andean country and will not have to pay extra costs when using his cell to answer, call or use data.

At present, if a citizen travels to a neighboring country or the CAN and uses his mobile to communicate is exposed to high costs for it.

The Spectrum Monitoring and Management Project carried out by the ATT consists of the management and monitoring of the spectrum, oriented to optimize the same as a natural resource, that is, to have the ability to plan, allocate and control frequencies efficiently , which will promote the development of the telecommunications sector, is also aimed at reducing interference, benefiting the quality of wireless telecommunications services.

This project is in the bidding process and is estimated to start operations in 2019 at the national level.

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