The legal obstacles that are preventing the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones of Guatemala from tendering the AWS frequency may not be solved in the short term.
The Telecommunications Authority has announced that by June it plans to issue tenders for a part of the radio spectrum, specifically for private communication frequencies and UHF links. But the most anticipated auction for the three local operators, the AWS frequency, still hasn't made any progress since 2015 due to the 16 appeals processes that have not yet been resolved.
In late January the government will announce the technical standard that the country will adopt and how the transition from analog technology will be managed.
Although it had been announced that by 2018 the transition to digital technology would be finished, it failed to start because so many obstacles were faced, from bureaucratic obstacles to a constitutional law suit.
The government has announced that before the end of the year they expected to tender part of the frequency spectrum which is not currently being used.
The Morales administration plan use the 700 MHz spectrum that is currently available on broadcast television as a part of the AWS band, allocating it to telecom operators in order to improve data transmission services.
In the concession model proposed by the government, one operator can be the virtual operator of a logical channel, management-multiplex concessionaire and / or network administrator at the same time.
The Vice Ministry of Telecommunications has presented its proposal for a reference model for the transition to digital television, in which it details the concession model and partnership opportunities between concessionaires, details of the use of the radio spectrum, aspects related to digital solidarity, deployment of DTT and the expected results of this technological change under the ISDB-Tb standard.
The tender for the 45 modulated frequencies is planned for October 2016 and will include 3 between Panama and Panama West, 30 in Darien, 2 in the central provinces, 2 in Chiriqui, 1 in Colon and 7 in Bocas del Toro.
With the "Reorganization of the FM frequencies" plan being carried out by the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP), the aim is to comply with international standards, which require that there is a minimum separation of 400 KHz between each frequency.
As part of the plan to reorganize the modulation frequency band, segments will be modified and frequencies will be freed up so that they can be granted in concession.
The Regulatory Authority for Public Services (ASEP) announced that the process starts now and will end on January 9, 2016, and from that date it will be able to tender the frequencies that have become available.
45 more days have been granted for operators of frequencies assigned temporarily under the previous legislation to formalize the award and move to other bands in order to allocate current telecommunications services.
The proposal to extend the term given by the Department of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt) aims to complete the transition of broadcasters who have not yet formalized concessions under the new legislation.