Costa Rica: Mobile Concessions to be Auctioned in February

The bidding rules for getting a mobile telephony frequencies will be published on February 5th.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

George Miley, president of the council of the Telecommunications Superintendent (Sutel), reported that the frequencies will be awarded on May 5th.

"Sutel will ask bidders to prove they are important companies. It will require 5 years of experience, presence in at least three countries and no less than 3 million phone subscribers", reported Nacion.com.

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Costa Rica Publishes Draft Bidding Rules for Mobile Telephony

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This week, the telecommunications superintendence (SUTEL) will publish preliminary bidding rules for opening the telephony market.

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Costa Rica Resumes Mobile Telephony Auction

March 2010

The Telecommunications Superintendence was authorized by the Comptroller of the Republic to resume the process for auctioning mobile telephony frequencies.

This process was halted in January, as some legislators questioned the transparency of the bidding rules.

Congressmen argued if it was adequate to have law firm BLP involved in defining the bidding rules, as this firm represents some of the companies interested in the process.

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