Single bidder for WiMAX licence

13 Feb 2009

BNamericas reports that Jamaica’s Spectrum Management Authority (SMA) is in negotiations with a bidder interested in a 2.5GHz licence, suitable for the deployment of a WiMAX network. According to SMA’s acting managing director Danville Davidson, negotiations will be concluded by the end of next week. Interested parties had until 19 January to submit requests for proposal documents outlining prequalification requirements. The SMA had planned to auction three licences, although only one company came forward. ‘The state of the financial market is possibly a factor. If we assign this one licence, then we will look again at the market and decide whether it is to the advantage of the government to have more than one player in the 2.5GHz band, and then we can select another method to give out another licence,’ Davidson said. Digicel Jamaica, LIME (formerly Cable & Wireless) and America Movil were all thought likely to be interested in the concession.