4G Frequencies Under Consideration in Costa Rica

The Government is considering a possible tender for a new radio frequency block that would provide fourth-generation mobile services.

Friday, May 24, 2013

Alejandro Cruz, Minister of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt), asked the Sutel to define the future of the 70 MHz block not auctioned in 2011, when Telefonica and Claro were awarded frequencies. These companies have shown interest in having more spectrum to expand the supply of fast mobile Internet services.

"Cruz asked the Sutel, in the event that they recommend a new tender, to conduct the required technical and market studies, and make an estimate of the value of this segment of spectrum", reported Nacion.com.

"The executive branch is responsible for establishing and defining if there will be an extra contest, how to do and under what conditions, but, for that, we require the Sutel's technical report, based on which, those decisions can be made," said Rowland Espinosa, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications at the Micitt.

According to Eduardo Castellon, a spokesman for the Telecommunications Superintendency (Sutel), the minister's letter was received last week, and Sutel will take up to six months to prepare the report.

Fabio Masís, executive director of the Chamber of Information and Communication Technology (Infocom), acknowledged that the announcement by the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE) to launch a 4G network in the next few months puts a little pressure on competitors. "With 4G, users will have a higher quality of service on the Internet," he added.

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