Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (MTC) has published new legislation governing the installation of telecoms infrastructure aimed at speeding up and streamlining the process. The new Law for the Strengthening of Telecommunications Infrastructure Expansion (Ley para el Fortalecimiento de la Expansion de Infraestructura en Telecomunicaciones No. 29022) sets out a standardised process and requirements for automatic approval to install mobile towers. Among the highlights of the legislation are a simplified procedure for environmental certification and methods of camouflaging infrastructure, the MTC noted, saying that antennas that are ‘in harmony’ with their surroundings will have less of a visual impact and be ‘more friendly to the urban landscape’. Regarding concerns on the potential health implications of mobile towers, the MTC stressed that the regulations meet guidelines set by the World Health Organisation (WHO) adding that the MTC checks radio frequency emissions, whilst a department of the ministry includes checks on emissions as part of the certification of equipment used in Peru.
Also included in the legislation are sanctions for operators that infringe the rules and state officials that issue permissions outside of the boundaries of the new rules. Deputy communications minister Javier Coronado commented on the regulations: ‘The deployment of telecommunications infrastructure is essential for the economic and social development of a nation…[The MTC] is seeking [to ensure] greater integration amongst Peruvians, that everyone has access to good coverage and a better quality [of service]. Thus, the Peruvian experience with communications will be more productive and efficient.’