Decree 2343 of 1996 establishes new terms and conditions for the trunking of telecommunications services. The aspects of these terms are:
- The right to exploit the trunking service for commercial purposes is obtained under a 10-year once-renewable concession authorized by the Ministry of Communications. If the use of the network is private, a licence granted by the Ministry applies.
- The concession can be obtained by bid or by direct contracting with the Ministry and the concessionaire must be a Colombian company. Foreign investment contributions to the company are possible. The concession does not allow the operator to supply basic telephone services such as local, long distance and international, cellular services or other telecommunications services that require special permission.
- The concession will be granted based on three political divisions: local, departmental and national. However, some major departments and cities, including Bogotá, Medellín and Cali, are excluded from future concessions.
- The system must be in place within 18 months from the granting of the concession. If the operator does not comply with this requirement it will be considered an event of default and the concession may be withdrawn. The operator must identify the type of equipment and accessories intended to be used and Ministry approval is required.
- Access to the spectrum will be HX (24 hours) and the equipment must adhere to the specific technical features laid down in the Decree.
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