Peru’s Ministry of Transport and Communications (Ministerio de Transportes y Comunicaciones, MTC) has issued a new ruling, altering the definition of broadband connection from a 256kbps download speed to 4Mbps, applicable to both fixed and mobile technologies. Ministerial Resolution No. 482-2018 MTC/01.03 grants companies 180 days – i.e. until 24 December – to adapt and update their commercial offers to reflect the new definition. After the grace period, operators will not be able to market as ‘broadband’ any connection that does not provide a download speed of at least 4Mbps. The MTC notes that providers may continue to offer slower speeds, but must not use the term ‘broadband’ in doing so, as this would ‘as this would generate a serious distortion when consumers make their purchasing decisions’. Commenting on the resolution, Deputy Communications Minister Virginia Nakagawa said that the move: ‘is framed within international regulatory practices and was a pending issue in favour of consumers, which couple with the efforts being made I the face of greater penetration of broadband, should lead us to improve digital inclusion throughout the country.’
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