Tender: Spectrum for Mobile Telephony and Internet

A tender is being launched in Costa Rica for seven generic blocks (2 x 5 MHz) in the bands of 1800 MHz and 1900/2100 MHz of the radio spectrum for mobile telephony and Internet.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Government Purchase No. 354-2015 Costa Rica-TEL-MICITT:

"The Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel), is putting out to tender by means of a Public Act seven generic blocks (2 x 5 MHz) in the bands of 1800 MHz and 1900/2100 MHz for mobile telephony and internet services.

'The Radio spectrum that will be made available in this auction will allow increased capacity of mobile phone networks and internet services operating in the country or the eventual incorporation of new market entrants. The awardees of the process will have to meet several objectives of improving service quality," explained Manuel Emilio Gutiérrez Ruiz, Chairman of the Sutel.

Against the clock auction format: 

This is an auction in which a base price is established for each segment of the spectrum to be auctioned and each offeror must indicate, according to that price, how many segments they would be willing to obtain.

If the amount of spectrum demanded is greater than supply, the next round takes place in which the price per segment increases by up to 20%.

This process is repeated until the demand is equal to or less than the amount of spectrum to be auctioned, then the spectrum is awarded.  Each round can take between 20 and 30 minutes."

The deadline for receipt of bids is February 13, 2017

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