Telecommunications Strengthening Act approved in Costa Rica

The deregulation of the telecommunications market has now a legal framework.

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

The Telecommunications Strengthening Act states, among other things, that the Costa Rican Electricity Institute (ICE), may engage in escrows with public and private banks and may reach a debt level of up to 45% of its total assets.
It also stipulates that the Executive will retain control of the assignment, revocation or expiration of concessions over the frequency spectrum.

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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.

Panama: Calendar for Telecommunications Applications

December 2012

The National Authority of Public Services has released information on the 2013 timeframes to apply for grants and / or additional frequencies to operate telecommunications services.

A statement from the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) reads:

1 – Established for 2013, six (6) periods in the following months: January, March, May, July, September and November, for requesting Type "B" telecommunications concessions that do not require the use of radio spectrum; concessions and / or additional frequencies for satellite use. Interested parties may submit such requests within five (5) business days of each of the six (6) months stated above.

The Business of Radio Spectrums in Guatemala

November 2012

The extension for another 20 years, without any fees, of the concessions for radio frequencies, will deprive the Guatemalan State of millions in income, and removes market transparency.

While in other countries concessions for the use of radio frequencies provide state coffers with many millions of dollars, in Guatemala, Congress has passed legislation extending licenses that are currently in effect for another 20 years, without any costs to the concessionaries, who in addition at the end of the period of usufruct, may renew them again.

Radio Spectrum: Sub Used Asset

July 2012

The government of Costa Rica does not seem to have much interest in the radio electric spectrum concession which belongs to them. Not only is the state losing money, but opportunities are being lost for society.

Sometime in the not too near future the Costa Rican state will put out to tender a concession for a block of frequencies which was due in 2011.

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