Cell Phone Market to Open Within a Year in Costa Rica

If the schedule is followed as expected, by September 2011 the mobile telephony concessions will be awarded.

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL) has made public the invitation to tender for the cellular telephony frequencies.

The work schedule, if the process is not appealed, will contain the following key dates: 5 November to receive technical and economic offers, 3 December for the offers to begin being reviewed.

La Nacion in its web portal provides further details of the tentative schedule: "13 December - SUTEL to send government its recommendation for which companies should be awarded concessions based on price and technical offer".

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The Business of Radio Spectrums in Guatemala

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Reform of Telecommunications Act

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If approved, the usufruct of radio, television and telephony frequencies would be extended to 25 years.

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New Date for Cell Bid in Costa Rica

November 2010

December 14th is the new date set by Sutel for reception of bids for the cellular market.

The original date for bid reception was Nov. 5. The changes requested by the Comptroller General forced Sutel to change the schedule.

Elfinancierocr.com reports that the newspaper [the official journal Gaceta] published in their Errata section, "The other conditions in the bid terms will remain unchanged for now, Sutel, in the coming days, will proceed with the publication of the amendments.”

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