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Movistar seeks to return Colombian spectrum, citing ‘onerous’ costs

2 Nov 2022

Telefonica Colombia (Movistar) has reportedly submitted a request to relinquish its 2.5GHz spectrum to the Ministry of Information Technologies and Communications (Ministerio de Tecnologias de la Informacion y las Comunicaciones, MinTIC), citing ‘onerous’ costs. According to DPL News, Natalia Guerra Caicedo, the telco’s Vice President of Public Affairs, Regulation and Wholesale, submitted the paperwork, confirming Telefonica’s intention to return the frequencies. The report adds that the company is also seeking a reduced licence fee for its existing 1900MHz concessions.

The situation echoes Telefonica’s actions in Mexico, where it returned its 850MHz and 1900MHz spectrum between 2019 and 2022, and now relies on a ‘last mile wireless capacity access agreement’ with AT&T.

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