EGO Problems

Telecom operators have ganged up to lobby against the draft External Gateway Operators (EGO) licence published for public comment earlier this week.
Senior telecom officials
quote representing all seven operates met Friday to device a strategy against the draft licence prior to the deadline for public comment set for January 27. rn

rnOfficials say that the draft licence is missing chunks of a recent proposal by a Telecommunications Regulatory Commission (TRC) appointed foreign consultant, favouring data operators. rn

rnTermination rates and access chares proposed in the draft licence are among other issue the operators will lobby to amend.rn

rnOperators say they want some of the recommendations made in the consultants report included in the licence. rn

rnNumerous changes were incorporated into the draft EGO licences, including minimum quality standards, previously left open for the service providers to decide. rn

rnAlso in the draft is a new clause reserving the right to impose a universal