Sutel postpones wireless licence deadline to 14 December

2 Nov 2010

Costa Rican telecoms regulator Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) has delayed the deadline for the submission of bids for three wireless concessions by six weeks, to 14 December, according to local news provider Telesemana. Bidders whose offers meet the conditions of the tender will be invited to take part in an auction for the licences. The government will then publish a resolution naming the winners towards the end of February 2011. Sutel is offering three mobile licences with spectrum blocks in the 850MHz, 1800MHz and 2100MHz bands. The regulator has said the cost of each licence will be USD70 million, the proceeds of which will go to the universal services fund, Fonatel.

Despite reports in the regional press that 31 parties have so far purchased tender documents from the regulator, America Movil (Claro) is the only company to have confirmed its interest in participating in the auction. However, it is widely believed that Cable & Wireless Communications, Millicom International Cellular (MIC), Digicel and Telefonica of Spain are also likely to be among the final participants.

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