No More Mobile Operators in Costa Rica

The government has confirmed that the auction of the remaining 70 MHz of spectrum in 2015 will be only among the three current telecommunications operators.  

Thursday, December 11, 2014

In the end the Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt) announced that the auction of radio spectrum of 70MHz in early 2015, which aims to strengthen the current market, will be launched without the involvement of a fourth operator, as was originally considered.

Allan Ruiz, vice minister of telecommunications, told that "... we expect to have the instructions from the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) in the first quarter of 2015, while the technical and economic studies and the legal and public policies are finished which will complement the report received by the Superintendent on the subject; these are studies which are focused on consolidating the market and quality for end users by expanding the market to new entrants. "

He added that "... According to the analysis and projections by the Micitt and Sutel-based on the recommendations of the International Union of Telecommunications- Costa Rica requires 110 MHz in 2015. The auction of 70 MHz will partly solve these requirements. The balance, in my view, will be achieved by having all operators possessing a similar amount of spectrum in more or less all of the available bands. "

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