Dominican Republic govt plots 5G tender

9 Oct 2020

President Luis Abinader has instructed the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) to initiate a 5G tender, as the country seeks to steal a march on its regional rivals. Speaking at a press conference at the Presidential Palace, the head of state commented: ‘We want to develop a deployment plan for 5G technology and broadband unprecedented in our history, a level leap towards hyperconnectivity that will change the future of our country.’ While details of spectrum and licensing have not been disclosed, the regulator’s website asserts that ‘the implementation of 5G … technology is estimated to come into effect in January 2021.’

Running in parallel, the president issued Decree 539-20, declaring the right to universal access to broadband technology. This measure is a response to connectivity challenges faced during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Dominican Republic, Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Indotel)