The Peruvian government is set to begin negotiations with Telefonica to hammer out new terms and conditions for the renewal of the telco’s expired operating licence. TeleSemana reports that the minister of transport and communication, Carlos Paredes made the announcement following an evaluation conducted by the telecoms regulator Osiptel. Paredes added that if no agreement could be reached, the government would launch an international tender for the expired licence. The Ministry of Transport and Communication (MTC) is looking to push the cellco to improve rural coverage with the new licence conditions, as well as make the provider accountable for quality of service issues. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Spanish-backed cellco claimed 14.68 million subscribers at the end of June 2012, giving it a wireless market share of around 52.2%.
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