Panama’s economy and finance ministry has extended the process of selecting a new operator to provide local, long-distance and international telephony services in the country. It now plans to select an operator by 14 October, a month later than it had initially hoped. The postponement comes after operators complained that the bidding rules did not offer newcomers an even playing field. Eleven companies have purchased the bidding rules, which have been available since 23 August. The winning company will have six months to launch services.