El Salvador: Claro Requests Purchase of Digicel Be Unconditional

Claro has asked the Superintendency to revoke its prior decision and "to consent without conditions to its consolidation operations."

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

The condition that Claro opposes, is the renouncement before the Superintendency of Electricity and Telecommunications (SIGET), of its right to operate 20 MHz of the total Salvadoran radio electric spectrum it has.

A press release by the Superintendency for Competition (SC) says:

The submission of the brief filed by CLARO, is being analyzed. If the process is accepted, the Management Council of the SC will have ten working days to respond, confirming or revoking the resolution.

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America Movil Appeal Dismissed

October 2011

The Mexican company will not be able to merge with Digicel unless it agrees to a condition to renouncen the use of 20 MHz of airwaves.

Regarding the ruling by Superintendencia de Competencia (SC), Daniel Choto writes in Elsalvador.com, "The reason for this precondition to allowing the merger of the operations of both companies is to maintain the current level of competition in the field of mobile phone companies in order to protect consumers' pockets, said the head of the SC, Francisco Diaz Rodriguez. "

El Salvador: Claro Cancels Purchase of Digicel

October 2012

After the competition regulator imposed the release of part of the spectrum leased by Claro as a condition to the merger between the two companies, America Movil has announced its withdrawal from the move.

In March last year, America Movil announced an agreement to acquire a 100% stake of Digicel El Salvador, for an undisclosed amount.

Digicel and Claro Merger Would Release Frequencies

September 2011

The government of El Salvador requires the renunciation of the spectrums assigned to both companies individually, to avoid limiting competition.

The resolution by the Superintendency of Competition requires America Movil (Claro)"... give up some of the radio spectrum it has been assigned. This spectrum will be used by new competitors creating more competition and therefore consumer benefits".

Claro - Digicel Merger Request Received

July 2012

The Competition Superintendence of El Salvador has acknowledged receipt of a new request for the acquisition of 100% of Digicel’s shares by Claro in March 2012.

From a communciation from the Superintendence of Competition (SC):

SC Receives new application from CLARO - DIGICEL

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