Sutel postpones publication of bidding rules for mobile

8 Feb 2010

BNamericas reports that Costa Rica’s telecoms regulator Sutel has postponed the publication of bidding rules for an auction of mobile spectrum planned for 5 February because of ‘logistical’ issues. Last month, Sutel revealed certain details of the upcoming auction saying it would award three licences on 5 May. The watchdog said it would revise the rules with the comptroller and attorney general. Of the 160MHz available, 60MHz belongs to state-owned telco ICE and the remaining 100MHz – spread across the 850MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands – will be up for grabs. Costa Rica is due to be one of the last countries in Latin America and the Caribbean to liberalise its mobile telephony market as part of the Central America and Dominican Republic free trade agreement with the US (Cafta-DR). Digicel, Cable & Wireless, Millicom, America Movil and Telefonica have all expressed interest in entering the market.

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