¿What is Regulatel?

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¿What is Regulatel?

  • Regulatel is the Latin American Forum of Telecommunication Regulatory Authorities, set up for the purpose of fostering cooperation and the coordination of efforts to promote telecommunication development in Latin America.

  • Regulatel comprises 19 regulatory bodies representing: Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, Cuba, Chile, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, Dominican Republic, Uruguay and Venezuela.


  • Facilitate the exchange of information between member countries on the telecommunication regulatory framework and management, services and the market.

  • Promote the harmonization of telecommunication regulation as a contribution to regional integration.

  • Identify and safeguard regional interests by adopting common positions in international forums.

Organization chart

Overview of the region

Study to determine the universal access gap in Latin America

  • The results of the project will benefit the regulators of 19 member countries of Regulatel and will help them in their efforts to implement an effective and sustainable universal access programme.

  • In addition, the result will contribute in the following areas:

    • Helping to create incentives for innovation encouraging the private sector to improve accessibility of services in low-income areas;
    • Promoting competition, reducing isolation, improving connectivity and expanding economic opportunities;
    • Simplifying implementation processes for national projects by providing methodologies and specific task lists.

Expected outputs of PPIAF

  • Report on principles, global best practices and conceptual frameworks for universal access.

  • Conceptual and methodological framework for evaluating universal access programmes and quantifying the universal access gap.

  • Catalogue of universal access programmes.

  • Report on the current status of the universal access gap in a sample of Latin American countries.

  • Evaluation of universal access programmes in the region.

  • Report on best practices and implementation guide.

Geographical coverage by type of service

Access to ICTs by income

Access to Internet by public phones

Costs of public phones falling

Internet booth: Characteristics

Quantitative results

Benefits of rural telecommunications

  • Cost/benefit for society: 1.64

  • Consumer surplus: S/. 13.00 per month

  • Reduces the isolation of rural localities

  • Promotes trade

  • Diversifies the production structure in rural areas

  • Improves market efficiency

  • Reduces communication costs

  • Reduces the costs of providing other public services

  • Contributes to greater national security

Innovative pilot projects

  • Information system for rural development in Cajamarca – ITDG

    • Establishment of infocentres providing access to information of interest (agricultural sector, livestock, local management) using ICTs and the telephone service.
  • Telemedicine in the High Amazon – EHAS

    • Implementation of an information and communication system for medical staff in rural health establishments.
    • Winner of the Stockholm Challenge Award in the health category.
  • Agricultural information over the Internet for farmers in the Río Chancay-Huaral Valley Users Group

    • Installation of 14 telecentres to provide information on agricultural and water resources to farmers in the area.

Other uses of ICTs Practical case examples

Cotahuasi - Arequipa

  • A 12-hour drive from Arequipa at 3 600 metres above sea level.

  • One of the lowest UNDP human development indices.

  • Connection to the world through the public telephone and organization of the community.

  • Marketing:

    • Agroecological products
    • Processed organic products
  • Winner of the Betinho Communications Prize 2003

Challhuahuacho library centre

  • Launched by the Callpas Association

  • Scope: education and capacity-building

  • Achievements:

    • 120 schoolchildren use the library centre daily.
    • 95% of regular schoolchildren at the library centre successfully completed the school year.
    • Four neighbouring villages have requested a similar project for their communities.
  • Major challenges and opportunities from Las Bambas mining project

  • Winner of the IDB prize for innovative projects (2003)

Antabamba CICs (information and training centres)

  • Centre for Research (Information Technology) of the UNITEC University of New Zealand.

  • The idea of the project is to increase the productive value of activities and markets through the implementation of telecentres.

  • Achievements:

    • Improving the price of alpaca wool from S/. 1.00 previously paid by buyers to S/.7.5 for first-grade wool and S/. 4.50 for fourth-grade wool.
    • Enhance the negotiation strengths of potato producers through the information obtained on the Mi Chacra portal

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