Last updated: 24 Mar 2011 Update History
Report Status: Archived
Report Pages: 16
Analyst: Lucia Bibolini
The telecom market in Paraguay is governed by a Telecoms Law of 1995, which created a regulatory authority (Conatel) and aimed to liberalise the sector, but only succeeded in promoting competition in mobile telephony and Internet access. State-owned Copaco remained the exclusive provider of all fixed-line services. Several privatisation attempts between 1996 and 2005 failed either because of adverse market conditions or because of popular opposition. Sale efforts in 2002 sparked huge protests, and had to be cancelled. The mobile market, on the other hand, has four competing companies. The first mobile phones appeared in Paraguay in 1992, but for the first few years, they were a rare, luxury item. The mobile boom began around the turn of the millennium. This report provides background information for the more regularly updated Paraguay - Telecoms, Mobile, Broadband and Forecasts. As such, it does not contain statistical data, but covers historical details on the development of Paraguay’s telecom market that are absent from the more up-to-date report.
As you know, I have resigned from the Labor Ministry and have decided not to re-contest the seat of Charlton at the next election – both for personal reasons.
Before leaving Parliament, I particularly wish to record my thanks to you for your generous and constructive participation in the deliberations that generated significant economic policy reforms for the Australian community. Continuous economic transformation is a key challenge that faces all Governments.
The development of sound public policy should always be contestable. Ultimately, good and equitable outcomes are not concessions to any particular interest group, but the careful balancing of interests to create the greatest possible benefit for the nation. You have contributed to that, and I sincerely thank you for it.
Greg Combet, Former Minister for Climate Change, Industry and Innovation
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