Trio qualify for wireless tender

18 Jan 2008

The Panamanian government has confirmed that three companies have qualified to bid for two wireless telephony concessions that it expects to grant in April. The public services regulator Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Publicos (Asep) said in a press release that America Movil’s Claro Panama, Digicel Panama, and Millicom International Cellular’s Telemovil El Salvador were all cleared to continue in the bidding process. A fourth bidder, Wirefree Services Panama, did not meet the legal, technical and economic conditions and failed to qualify.

Final bids are due to be submitted no later than 3 April with the concessions expected to be awarded on 14 April. The licences are expected to fetch at least USD50 million each according to government officials. The pair of new licensees will compete with Cable & Wireless Panama and Telefonica Moviles which currently have 2.4 million subscribers between them.