The original date for bid reception was Nov. 5. The changes requested by the Comptroller General forced Sutel to change the schedule.
Elfinancierocr.com reports that the newspaper [the official journal Gaceta] published in their Errata section, "The other conditions in the bid terms will remain unchanged for now, Sutel, in the coming days, will proceed with the publication of the amendments.”
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If the schedule is followed as expected, by September 2011 the mobile telephony concessions will be awarded.
Costa Rica's Telecommunications Regulator (SUTEL) has made public the invitation to tender for the cellular telephony frequencies.
The work schedule, if the process is not appealed, will contain the following key dates: 5 November to receive technical and economic offers, 3 December for the offers to begin being reviewed.
The extension for another 20 years, without any fees, of the concessions for radio frequencies, will deprive the Guatemalan State of millions in income, and removes market transparency.
While in other countries concessions for the use of radio frequencies provide state coffers with many millions of dollars, in Guatemala, Congress has passed legislation extending licenses that are currently in effect for another 20 years, without any costs to the concessionaries, who in addition at the end of the period of usufruct, may renew them again.
The country was the only one in Central America which had no law on the subject.
Telephone companies have until next September 30 to do everything that the law requires to start operating a number portability system by October 1.
According to Deputy Thomas Zambrano, the law will benefit more than seven million users who are subscribed to three mobile companies including Tigo, Claro and Hondutel.
If approved, the usufruct of radio, television and telephony frequencies would be extended to 25 years.
The reform of the Telecommunications Act will allow beneficiaries of radio, telephone and television frequencies, who have been given usufruct for 15 years to request an extension to 25 years.