Cellcos call for greater clarity on spectrum management

5 Jul 2013

Industry stakeholders in Costa Rica have called for great clarity regarding the rules for spectrum use, local news source El Financiero reports. Market newcomers Movistar and Claro complained after incumbent Grupo Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad (Grupo ICE), which offers telecoms services under the ‘Kolbi’ brand, activated a 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) network using the 2600MHz spectrum band, a range that had not been assigned for telecommunications services. Claro’s director of regulation, Victor Garcia said: ‘While the new operators contributed USD170 million to enter the mobile market, there are other operators who have not paid anything to the state for access to their frequencies, have no coverage obligations, did not go through public tenders and are…breaking the law and regulations.’ He added that the government needs to define clear rules for access to crucial radio spectrum to stimulate investment and ensure a level playing field. Oscar Emilio Barahona, the president of industry lobby group the Chamber of Information and Technology, added that the licensing problem was creating legal uncertainty in the sector.