Panama’s National Public Services Authority (Autoridad Nacional de los Servicios Publicos, ASEP) has confirmed that it has extended the temporary spectrum allocations awarded to the country’s four MNOs last year, from 1 January 2021 to 30 June 2021. As a result, the cellcos can all continue to utilise the frequencies free of charge to better serve Panamanian customers during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The spectrum was previously used between 1 October 2020 and 31 December 2020.
ASEP has published a series of resolutions based on Cabinet Resolution No. 88 (dated 12 November). The spectrum allocations are as follows:
· Claro: 1710MHz-1780MHz/2110MHz-2180MHz;
· Digicel: 1865MHz-1870MHz/1945MHz-1950MHz;
· Cable & Wireless: 703MHz-708MHz/758MHz-763MHz; and
· Tigo: 1710MHz-1780MHz/2110MHz-2180MHz.
Note: Tigo’s concessions are held by Grupo de Comunicaciones Digitales; the latter holding company formally took receipt of all of the licences previously held by Telefonica Moviles Panama (Movistar) on 28 September 2020.