El Salvador’s antitrust body the Superintendencia de Competencia (SC) has asked the telecoms regulator to suspend the upcoming auction of nationwide licences for spectrum in the 1900MHz and 1700MHz/2100MHz frequency bands, reports TeleSemana. Under the rules of the tender, the spectrum will be awarded to the highest bidder, regardless of how much spectrum the company already has, or its current market share. According to the SC, these rules put potential new players at a disadvantage as they face barriers to market entry, thus inhibiting the development of competition in the market. Earlier this month Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET) announced that a total of 20MHz in the 1855MHz-1935MHz range would be sold off on 5 November, alongside a further 20MHz in the 1765MHz-2165MHz band, CommsUpdate reported. The regulator set a minimum bid price of approximately USD13.995 million for each of the two 20MHz blocks.
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