5G Auction: Requirements in Costa Rica

After the session between Sutel and the operators interested in participating in the public auction of the 5G network, the businessmen ask the authorities to draw up a roadmap and a schedule that includes the recovery and availability of the required frequencies.

Thursday, January 14, 2021

Claro, the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), Telefónica, Call May Way, Huawei Technologies Costa Rica, Next Curve, Telecable, Viasat and Cabletica, were some of the 12 operators that attended the hearing called by the Superintendence of Telecommunications (Sutel), in which the willingness of the companies to participate in the public auction of the frequencies of the radioelectric spectrum in question was known.

Since ICE has monopolized the 2.5 GHz and 3.5 GHz frequencies, the other operators are asking the authorities to make the spectrum available to the State and not to a public operator.

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Jose Pablo Rivera, manager of regulation, communication and institutional relations of Telefonica Movistar Costa Rica, told Elfinancierocr.com that "... the authorities cannot avoid the imminent discussion: what will the country decide with respect to the spectrum that is concentrated in a single operator."

Rivera added that "... it is reasonable that the spectrum be available to the State, and that the Ministry of Science and Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt) and Sutel design a comprehensive bidding strategy to ensure that 5G technology is deployed competitively."

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High-speed mobile data, broadband connectivity for complex locations, development of connected or autonomous vehicles, local and wide area networks for corporate-level automation in industry, entertainment, agriculture and virtual medicine, among other sectors, are services that can be marketed with 5G networks.



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