Colombian TV operators demand the merger of telecom regulators CRC, Antv and ANE


TV operators of Colombia demanded that the national government updates the Television Law and merges the three telecommunication regulators in that country: the Communications Regulatory Commission (CRC), the National Television Agency (Antv) and the National Spectrum Agency (ANE).


During the Andina Link 2016 fair, held in the local town of Cartagena de Indias, the major market players claimed the concentration of the criteria and the need to unify the functions in a single regulatory entity.


“You can call it NASA, you can call it the FBI, they can call it whatever they want, but that’s not the problem. The remaining entity must be powerful, must regulate everything: how to access the service, control and monitor, determine how to access the spectrum and give the definitions of quality”, defended the President of the Antv, Angela Maria Mora, to the local website ABC Economia.


In early February 2016, the Comptroller General of the Republic of Colombia presented a report which revealed an important disparity between the number of Pay-TV subscribers handled by the CRC and the Antv (which had significant underreporting), entities that respond to the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications.