ASEP extends temporary spectrum permits

6 Jan 2021

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.