Twelve companies interested in mobile licences

23 Aug 2007

Local press reports, cited by BNamericas, state that twelve companies have expressed an interest in bidding for one of two Panamanian mobile licences in an auction process that is due to start on 27 October and be awarded in May 2008. Public services regulator Asep revealed the interested parties to be: America Movil, Orange, Millicom International Cellular, Digicel, Vtel, Global Star, Clarocom, Cable Onda, Advanced Communication, Innovation Wireless, Torres Troncales and Pan American Wireless. Horacio Hoquee, Asep’s assistant director for fixed line telephony, was quoted as saying that the number of companies could increase given that the prequalification stage is open until January 28. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, Panama currently has two mobile operators, Telefonica-owned Movistar and Cable & Wireless.