Guatemala Ready for 4G

The SIT has identified at least seven bands on the radio spectrum that can be used to migrate mobiles to fourth generation technology (4G).

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Marco Antonio Escalante, from the Telecommunications Authority, said "the change from 3G to 4G is now up to the operators", having identified the available bands.

"Bands that the SIT has identified for cellular mobile systems under one thousand MHz are: 450 MHz, 800 MHz and 900 MHz. Other frequencies identified but which have definition changes due are 1,700-1,800 MHz, 1,700-2,100 MHz, 1,800–1,900 MHz, and 2000 MHz "

4G technology allows the use of new data transmission services, which involve greater use of cellular networks.

Currently, there are three bands in use, the 800 MHz, 1800-1900 MHz and 900 MHz by three carriers, which in total adds up to more than 18 million mobile cellular subscribers.

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Radio Spectrum: Sub Used Asset

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The government of Costa Rica does not seem to have much interest in the radio electric spectrum concession which belongs to them. Not only is the state losing money, but opportunities are being lost for society.

Sometime in the not too near future the Costa Rican state will put out to tender a concession for a block of frequencies which was due in 2011.

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Costa Rica: Tender for Radio Frequencies

February 2013

The government is analyzing the market in order to decide whether to offer in a tender the 70 MHz in the bands of 2100 and 1800 MHz, which have not yet been awarded to any operator. reports that "The government will have to make decisions on the spectrum, evaluating the possibility of launching a new competition to tender other spaces in the spectrum, by means of a study which will be ready in two months."

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