Complex Scenario for Radio Electric Spectrum

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.

Wednesday, March 29, 2017

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. reports that "...The comptroller Carlos Mencos said they had a lot of activity in 2015 because of this process and it was decided that they had not performed the steps according to the law. Therefore he believes it is important to thoroughly review this process in order for it to be clear and transparent, until there is an auction that benefits everyone because "it is one of the few assets that the State has".

"... This delay in the auction has concerned operators, since according to Manuel Sisniega, from Tigo, over time these assets depreciate rather than gain value. He also said that they are interested to participating in the auction when the process has been clarified."

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The Business of Radio Spectrums in Guatemala

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The extension for another 20 years, without any fees, of the concessions for radio frequencies, will deprive the Guatemalan State of millions in income, and removes market transparency.

While in other countries concessions for the use of radio frequencies provide state coffers with many millions of dollars, in Guatemala, Congress has passed legislation extending licenses that are currently in effect for another 20 years, without any costs to the concessionaries, who in addition at the end of the period of usufruct, may renew them again.

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