The president of Claro Dominicana, Oscar Pena, has told reporters that the cellco plans to invest USD250 million in the Dominican Republic this year for the development of mobile networks, transmission voice, data and television services. However, the executive also spoke of the difficulties of investing in the country, citing the imposition of barriers on foreign investment by local municipalities. Using San Pedro de Macoris as an example, he stated that authorities there had for many years made it difficult for Claro to deploy base transceiver stations (BTS), with local officials claiming negative health effects from antennas.
Meanwhile, in separate but related news, TeleSemana reports that the Dominican Republic’s telecoms regulator, Indotel, is investigating the misuse of radio spectrum in border areas. The president of the board at the agency, Carlos Amarante Baret, said that Indotel was in contact with Haitian authorities over allegations of interference with Dominican Republic BTS.