Tigo eyes Costa Rican mobile spectrum

20 Jan 2017

Cable broadband and TV provider Tigo Star Costa Rica has registered its interest in entering the mobile market via the upcoming spectrum auction, and has provided comments on the regulator’s tender plans, El Financiero writes, citing the operator’s director of corporate affairs, Norman Chaves. In its reply to the regulator’s documents, Tigo called for an extension to the deadline for submitting bids, and has requested clarification on the mechanisms used to establish prices for the frequencies. The Luxembourg-based group operates mobile networks elsewhere in the region, and is able to provide the full suite of quad-play offerings – including mobile voice and data, fixed broadband, fixed telephony and pay-TV – in Paraguay, Guatemala, Honduras and El Salvador. Claro Costa Rica and Movistar Costa Rica, which both entered the market in 2011, meanwhile, also provided feedback to the regulator, mainly focusing on the commitments and obligations of the winning bidders.

As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has given providers until 13 February 2017 to submit applications to bid for spectrum in the 1800MHz and 1900MHz/2100MHz bands. Up for grabs are two 2×10MHz slots in the 1800MHz band – 1730MHz-1740MHz/1825MHz-1835MHz and 1740MHz-1750MHz/1835MHz-1845MHz – plus a 2×5MHz (1940MHz-1945MHz/2130MHz-2135MHz) and a 2×10MHz block in the 1900MHz/2100MHz range (1945MHz-1955MHz/2135MHz-2145MHz).