Issue 45 of Submarine Telecoms Forum contains an article by Dr Andrés J Fígoli Pacheco, a Senior Legal Counsel with Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) in Montevideo, Uruguay. He has been engaged in improving the legal framework protecting submarine cables in Latin America.
Since early 2008, Telefónica International Wholesale Services (TIWS) has been engaged in a plan designed to improve the legal framework protecting submarine cables in many Latin American countries. Despite laws to dissuade this, local fishermen caused serious cable cuts in Uruguay in 2007. The high market price of the catch was so substantial that they were willing to risk damaging cables, and applicable laws were not enough to prevent this.
These cable cuts proved that national authorities needed to be informed of the importance of higher economic penalties for fishing companies. To this end, several interviews with regulatory authorities took place, especially with Navy authorities, the natural watch-keepers of the sea.