Watchdog to retrieve 5G frequencies from Grupo ICE

29 Jun 2021

Costa Rica’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Telecomunicaciones, MICITT) has informed state-backed telco Grupo ICE (Kolbi) of its intention to retrieve the operator’s 5G-suitable frequencies, as it seeks to further the country’s wider 5G ambitions. The decision was authorised by MICITT head Paola Vega Castillo, who has invited Grupo ICE to submit a ‘spectrum return proposal’ for analysis.

The telco has responded by stating: ‘Grupo ICE respects the regulations that regulate the use of the frequencies of the radioelectric spectrum in Costa Rica and recognises that the MICITT – as the governing body in the matter – has administrative duties and functions that it must carry out. In addition, it expresses its interest in collaborating with the Ministry in the implementation of 5G technology … Grupo ICE reiterates its interest in a prompt implementation of 5G technology as it is a national need.’

TeleGeography notes that ICE is known to be in possession of 5G-suitable frequencies in the 3.4GHz band, while sister company Radiografica Costarricense (RACSA) holds spectrum in the 3425MHz-3625MHz band.