Plans to award 5G licences in the Dominican Republic continue to edge forwards, with the Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) inviting interested parties to register for the process between now and May. Julissa Cruz, the executive director of Indotel, commented: ‘That same month, the board of directors will issue the award resolution for the spectrum frequencies, while in September the constitution of guarantees and the signing of the contract will be carried out.’
Participants in this bidding process will be able to bid for multiple blocks of spectrum in each band, the official clarified, and the highest bids will secure the spectrum. Further, each awardee will have to comply with an Infrastructure Deployment Plan, with a view to achieving minimum coverage obligations within five years of the auction.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in December 2020 Indotel confirmed that the 5G auction process will involve the allocation of frequencies in the 698MHz-806MHz (700MHz) and 3300MHz to 3460MHz (3.5GHz) bands. As per Indotel documentation, nine 2×5MHz blocks of 700MHz spectrum will be made available, alongside 16 10MHz blocks of 3.5GHz spectrum. All licences will have a duration of 20 years.