The work schedule, if the process is not appealed, will contain the following key dates: 5 November to receive technical and economic offers, 3 December for the offers to begin being reviewed.
La Nacion in its web portal provides further details of the tentative schedule: "13 December - SUTEL to send government its recommendation for which companies should be awarded concessions based on price and technical offer".
December 14th is the new date set by Sutel for reception of bids for the cellular market.
The original date for bid reception was Nov. 5. The changes requested by the Comptroller General forced Sutel to change the schedule.
Elfinancierocr.com reports that the newspaper [the official journal Gaceta] published in their Errata section, "The other conditions in the bid terms will remain unchanged for now, Sutel, in the coming days, will proceed with the publication of the amendments.”
The extension for another 20 years, without any fees, of the concessions for radio frequencies, will deprive the Guatemalan State of millions in income, and removes market transparency.
While in other countries concessions for the use of radio frequencies provide state coffers with many millions of dollars, in Guatemala, Congress has passed legislation extending licenses that are currently in effect for another 20 years, without any costs to the concessionaries, who in addition at the end of the period of usufruct, may renew them again.