Claro Ecuador, the local mobile unit of Mexico’s America Movil, has won a court suspension to a USD138.5 million fine previously levied against it for allegedly obstructing competition. The Guayaquil court suspended the fine following an appeal lodged by Claro, Globalpost reports. As previously reported by CommsUpdate, last month Ecuador’s anti-monopoly agency the Superintendency of Market Power Control issued the fine to Claro – the country’s largest cellco by subscribers – for anti-competitive practices following complaints regarding ‘abuse of market power’ lodged by state-backed rival operator Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT); the Superintendency decided that Claro acted illegally by signing exclusivity contracts with the owners of land used for wireless network towers. Claro argues that the fine is unjustified.
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