Costa Rica: Radio Spectrum Tender re launched

The tender scheduled for the second half of the year includes a block of 40 MHz from the 1800 MHz band and a 30 MHz from the bands 1900/2100 MHz

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

After being canceled in late April by the Chinchilla administration, the Ministry of Science, Technology and Communications has decided to restart the project and is analysing how the bidding process will be structured.

"Allan Ruiz, Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, said they are designing different scenarios, discarding adding to the combo the 40 MHz from the 900 MHz band... which would involve moving 139 radio companies that use that space for radio links. 'The plan is start the bidding process in the second half of the year and are working on that'. "

"According to Elias Soley, director of the Costa Rican-American Chamber of Commerce (AMCHAM), the frequency block that was not awarded in 2011 coincides with an 'urgent need' by the operators Claro and Movistar to access more spectrum ... he believes that promotion should be given to contests for frequencies in order to allow private operators to consolidate in the market and compete under similar conditions with the Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (ICE). "

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