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Ecuador: America Movil Submits Documents in Service Dispute

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QUITO (Dow Jones) Mexican telecommunications company America Movil on Friday submitted to Ecuador's telecommunications regulatory agency documents to prove that it has resolved technical problems.

"Before the legal limit, we gave the regulator all papers needed to prove we have resolved problems registered on Sept. 25 and had compensated our clients. We are sure that after the verification process the government will let us to continue with our contract," Daniel Bernal, the company's legal counsel, told Dow Jones Newswires Friday.

On Oct. 5, the government regulator gave Concecel, America Movil's unit in Ecuador, 30 days to fix problems with its network or face the cancellation of its license. Concecel does business under the Porta Celular brand.

The government's telecommunications regulator, Jaime Guerrero, said he will carefully review and verify the documentation before making a final decision.

"The process will continue in a firm way, but with respect to legal order," Guerrero said.

Last month, Conecel started an arbitration process to resolve the service-quality dispute with the government.

It also asked a judge for an injunction to prevent the government from terminating its license before the dispute-resolution process was completed.

Porta is Ecuador's largest mobile player, with just over 6.5 million customers.

-By Mercedes Alvaro, Dow Jones Newswires; 5939-9728-653; mercedes.alvaro@dowjones.com

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