Sutel delays spectrum sale to 11 May

20 Apr 2017

Costa Rica’s Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has further delayed its auction of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 1900MHz/2100MHz bands without stating a reason for the postponement. The regulator has pushed back the deadline for the submission of technical offers to 11 May, having previously delayed the process from 13 February to 30 March for ‘administrative’ reasons before pushing the date back to 20 April. Sutel is auctioning 2×20MHz in the 1800MHz band and a 2×15MHz block in the 1900MHz/2100MHz band with the aims of improving service quality and avoiding concentration of spectrum resources. As such, state-owned incumbent Kolbi is understood to be barred from participating in the auction due to the extent of its existing spectrum holdings, whilst a potential new entrant in the form of Millicom International Cellular (MIC)-backed cableco Tigo Star has reportedly expressed an interest in bidding for the spectrum.