Regulator consults with operators on delayed spectrum auction

9 Dec 2013

Following its decision to twice suspend an auction of mobile spectrum in the 1900MHz and 1700MHz/2100MHz frequency bands, El Salvador’s telecoms regulator, Superintendencia General de Electricidad y Telecom (SIGET), has initiated a series of consultations with telecoms operators regarding the nationwide licences. La Prensa Grafica quotes SIGET head Luis Mendez as saying that the regulator is holding meetings with telecoms companies to decide on whether to resume the auction process or delay it further. In October antitrust body the Superintendencia de Competencia (SC) voiced its opposition to the proposed auction, stating that the tender rules would put potential new players at a disadvantage as they face barriers to market entry, thus inhibiting the development of competition in the market. A total of 20MHz in the 1855MHz-1935MHz range is due to be sold off, alongside a further 20MHz in the 1765MHz-2165MHz band.

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