Costa Rica: Concession of Cellular Frequencies Resumed

The Superintendency of Telecommunications has now been given approval to hold the contest of 70 MHz for mobile telephony, which had been on hold since 2011.

Friday, December 18, 2015

Four years after the last allocation of frequencies, the Ministry of Telecommunications has given authorization to proceed with a public auction, in which it is expected that Claro and Telefonica will take part but not the state run power company as it already has a larger number of frequencies than private operators.

Vice minister Emilio Arias said in an article on that "... 'The competition is intended for those operators entering the market, but the ICE will not be taking part because they already have an amount of spectrum and obviously do no need more.'"

"... When part of the spectrum and the 900 band which is used by television (with the migration to digital services) are freed up, it will be possible to consider holding a new competition. "

The start of the bidding process is subject to publication of the Executive Agreement in La Gaceta

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Costa Rica: No Date for Mobile Telephony Auction

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