President Guillermo Lasso signed a decree to reduce by 50% the value of the consumption of the basic Internet plan and mobile telephony for the elderly. The so-called ‘Senior Plan’ will benefit 1.3 million people over 65 years of age.
Minister of Telecommunications Vianna Maino explained that from now on those seniors who access a mobile plan, in addition to lower cost, will have better access. “Among those benefits will be 200 minutes of voice in all fixed and mobile operators, free consumption within the operator itself, 200 written messages, 5 gigabytes of free browsing, 2 gigabytes in collaborative platforms and free megabytes for an instant messaging platform such as WhatsApp.”
This initiative was developed and managed by the Ministry of Telecommunications, in order to reduce the digital divide in the most vulnerable populations. In order to carry out the measure ordered by the Head of State, the regulations of the Law of the Elderly were amended.
The President said the benefits will also go to prepaid senior users. “They will access services such as telemedicine, tele-education and other benefits with internet from their own homes, which in their basic residential fixed internet plan will also have a 50% discount.”
A statement from the General Secretariat of Communication, reported that 5 out of 10 Ecuadorians have a cell phone with Internet access, and two of these correspond to older adults. In addition, it indicated that the benefits are possible “thanks to the collaboration of private telephone companies.”
“This is the first of many actions we will take to bridge the digital divide; the idea is to improve the life opportunities of all Ecuadorians,” said the President.