First Frequency Bid in Costa Rica

On Tuesday, December 14th, the initial bidding for the frequency spectrum will take place.

Monday, December 13, 2010

The bidding process will begin with a public event to be held at the Hotel Real Intercontinental.

"Daniele Tricarico, analyst for British firm Informa Telecoms & Media, states that the growth potential for Costa Rica's cellular market makes it an attractive investment. However, the lack of a transparent business practices could undermine the charm for investors," reports El Financiero on its website.

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Costa Rica: Informative Meeting on Mobile Telephony Frequencies

January 2010

The Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel) will host an informative meeting with companies interested in obtaining a frequency for mobile telephony services.

The meeting will take place on January 18th, at 11 a.m. at Hotel Intercontinental in San José.

"George Miley, head of Sutel's council, explained that the meeting will be used to explain which public contest process will be used to auction mobile telephony frequencies to new operators", reported Nacion.com.

Costa Rica: No Date for Mobile Telephony Auction

March 2010

The process to publish the bidding rules for auctioning several frequencies of the radio spectrum to mobile phone operators is on hold since February.

Sutel, the country’s telecommunication superintendence, explained they are waiting for the government to send the National Frequency Distribution Plan (which modifies the definition of microwave frequencies).

Costa Rica: Mobile Competition Delayed

September 2009

A three month delay in the market opening process will prevent the entrance of competitors expected for mid 2010.

Geroge Miley, president of the Telecommunications Superintendence (Sutel), explained that the delay is due to a lack of definition on the frequencies to be used for installing private networks.

Costa Rica: Opening of Cell Phone Market Delayed

October 2010

By not presenting the changes to the terms and conditions, Sutel has further delayed the process.

October 21st was the deadline for publication in the official journal for the corrections ordered by the Comptroller General of the Republic.

"Regulations require that changes be reported at least 15 days before receipt of offers, originally set for November 5th," according to the article in Nacion.com.

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