Urgent Need to Assign Radio Spectrum in Costa Rica

A recommendation has been given to accelerate the launch of new tenders for frequencies in order to develop next-generation services such as 4G LTE networks.

Tuesday, September 3, 2013

A study by the company Signals Telecom Consulting reveals that telephone companies must have more space in the spectrum in order to adjust their operations to accommodate smartphones and meet the demand for fast speeds for mobile internet browsing.

The country has allocated only one-fifth of the amount of the spectrum that is required for them to operate new services in the next two years, an example of which is the new generation for mobiles, 4G LTE.

The report by Signals Telecom Consulting has a number of recommendations for the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), among which is the suggestion that each country has to allocate 1300 to 2015 MHz spectrum.

"At the moment Costa Rica is complying with 20% ​​of the recommendation for 2015. If in the next two years, the Costa Rican government launches new tenders or assigns more radio spectrum (to industry) directly, this situation could change," said Jose Otero, president of Signals Telecom Consulting.

According to the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications, Rowland Espinoza, they are waiting to receive a technical report from the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Sutel) later this year in order to decide on a new auction.

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