The private sector is opposed to the new fees and charges payable by telecommunications companies, arguing that it will cause operating costs to rise.
Representatives from the Higher Council of Private Enterprise are opposed to Administrative Agreement No. 003-2015, which will be in effect from September 22 and sets fees and charges, for the use of radio spectrum, licensing, data transmission and other services, payable to the Institute Nicaraguan Telecommunications and Postal Services.
A year after obtaining the concession, the Chinese telecom company has started importing the equipment necessary for the provision of services for fixed and mobile telephones and internet.
An article in Elmundo.com.sv reports that "The government of Nicaragua expects that Xinwei will invest $700 million in 2013, just in setting itself up as a company, said Orlando Castillo, CEO of Telcor, who stated that the total investment will culminate at the end of 2015."
The announcement by the Costa Rican state telecom company, that it will not take part in the tender organized by TELCOR, apparently leaves the competition with only the Chinese consortium Xinwei.
Laprensa.com.ni reports that "The announcement by the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE) occurred following a publication in the newspaper La Prensa which revealed that the bidding terms and conditions established by Telcor for this tender were designed to favor the bid by the Chinese consortium, whose arrival in the country is being promoted by Laureano Ortega, son of President Daniel Ortega, from his post at the para-governmental agency Pro Nicaragua. The ICE’s exit from the tender along with Claro Movil and Telefonica Movistar due to "locks" built into the bidding terms and conditions, leaves Xinwei practically as the only bidder. This means that the main argument for awarding them the contract is that their offer will be the only one."
A partnership has been formed between the Nicaraguan government and the Spanish group Barceló to build an international airport in the Montelimar resort, in San Rafael del Sur.
An article in Laprensa.com.ni reports that "The Government of Nicaragua and the Spanish hotel group Barceló have signed an agreement to build an international airport in the Montelimar resort, in the Pacific, officials said on Sunday. The agreement, which creates a joint partnership between the two parties was signed in a private ceremony in Managua by Nicaragua's Attorney General Hernan Estrada, and the group's director for Barceló Central and South America, Juan José Ribas. "
Chinese companies such as Xin Wei, Wang Wei y Datang Mobile have been added Movistar, Claro and another two unidentified Telecom’s companies in the list of those cinterested in the bidding for the 1785-1805 MHz band.
Indications from Costa Rica are that the state run telecommunications company was one of those who acquired the documents for conditions of the bid, valued at $3,000.
Indications are that the Chinese consortium Xinwei 's offer has the best fit for the requirements of the Nicaraguan Government to win award for the 1785-1805 megahertz band.
So stated the director of the Nicaraguan Institute for Telecommunications and Postal Services (Telcor), Orlando Castillo, referring to the proposal to provide mobile phone services and Internet access which was opened to public bidding last week.
The Government of Nicaragua is negotiating with a Chinese company to buy a $300 million satellite, whose installation will begin in March 2013 and will be completed in 2016.
The purchase and subsequent installation of the satellite will help reduce the cost of cellular services, expand internet to rural areas and provide a system for monitoring and natural disaster prevention.
In the past five years, private telecommunication companies have invested $500 million in the country.
Orlando Castillo, executive chairman of the Nicaraguan Institute of Telecommunications and Post Offices, Telcor, said in an interview with a local television station, that the investment has been mainly used to expand mobile phone services.