Telecommunications Law Reforms in El Salvador

Radio frequencies will be awarded taking into consideration not only economic proposals but also communicational proposals.

Monday, May 9, 2016

Amendments to the Telecommunications Act were passed by the Legislative Assembly with the consensus of all sectors involved, according to an article in

"... The amendments include the way the frequencies are assigned being determined by the Management of Telecommunications at the Siget, taking into account the target audience and the sector that is looking for a frequency in the radio spectrum, explained the people who were involved in the work on the amendments. For example, one of the new mechanisms involves the competition, which will bring to the foreground, not the economic capacity of the medium, but the communicational proposal presented and its attraction to the target audience. "

"... The president of the Salvadoran Association of Broadcasters (ASDER), Jose Luis Saca said that these reforms provide legal certainty for the next 20 years: 'With this reform not only legal certainty but freedom of expression is guaranteed . It has become a very clear proposal, which does not give rise to interpretation but is technical '. "

More on this topic

Costa Rica: Proposals for Transition to Digital TV

March 2016

In the concession model proposed by the government, one operator can be the virtual operator of a logical channel, management-multiplex concessionaire and / or network administrator at the same time.

The Vice Ministry of Telecommunications has presented its proposal for a reference model for the transition to digital television, in which it details the concession model and partnership opportunities between concessionaires, details of the use of the radio spectrum, aspects related to digital solidarity, deployment of DTT and the expected results of this technological change under the ISDB-Tb standard.

El Salvador: Uncertainty in Telecommunications Sector

February 2016

An operator has warned that investments in the sector will be jeopardized by uncertainty regarding the renewal of concessions.

The breaking down of the relationship between the Salvadoran government and telecommunications companies has embarked on a new chapter. Uncertainty about whether the General Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (Siget) will or will not auction 40 megahertz of the radio spectrum, is generating unease among some operators.

El Salvador: Telecommunications Reforms Are Essential

January 2016

Government control over the allocation of concessions and the lack of antitrust rules have set alarm bells ringing for companies in the sector.

The Legislature will have only the three months granted by the Constitutional Court, from now, in order to make amendments to the Law on Telecommunications (LT).

Costa Rica: Use of Radio and Television Frequencies Reorganized

August 2015

45 more days have been granted for operators of frequencies assigned temporarily under the previous legislation to formalize the award and move to other bands in order to allocate current telecommunications services.

The proposal to extend the term given by the Department of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Micitt) aims to complete the transition of broadcasters who have not yet formalized concessions under the new legislation.