Sutel reverses decision on ICE spectrum

8 Nov 2012

Costa Rican regulator Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones (Sutel) has withdrawn the conditions imposed on incumbent telco Grupo ICE for the acquisition of Cable Vision regarding the return of spectrum, reports the Costa Rica Star. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, Sutel had given ICE permission to acquire internet service provider (ISP) Cable Vision and had included amongst the conditions that ICE hand back some 350MHz of spectrum holdings: 1880MHz-1920MHz, 2520MHz-2620MHz, 2640MHz-2690MHz and 3440MHz-3600MHz. Sutel has now rescinded this obligation, saying that whilst it is within its power to require the return of spectrum in merger cases: ‘in this particular case the concentration of frequency range belonging to ICE is not due to buying Cable Vision and therefore, the Sutel Council eliminates this condition.’

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