Radio Spectrum Tender Being Prepared

The Ministry of Telecommunications has announced that a tender for allocating frequencies will take place in early 2015 and plans to add a new operator to the process.

Monday, September 1, 2014

Officials added that the tender documents will be ready at the end of the semester and discussed the possibility of adding one more operator to the competition. This option has not been well received by the telecommunications companies currently taking part in the tender for whom "... the frequencies available for a second competition would barely be enough to improve their services."

Rivera, from Telefonica told that "... fragmenting the spectrum even more doesn't seem like a good idea. 'In the end markets end up being concentrated in a few operators.'"

Victor Garcia, regulatory manager of Claro said, "... 'If they are thinking about another operator, we should not be putting out to tender 70 MHz but several hundred '... the telephone market is already saturated."

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