Telecoms watchdog the Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel) has been ordered by the country’s Administrative Court to halt the tender process for awarding frequencies in the 941MHz-960MHz, 1710MHz-1755MHz and 2110MHz-2155MHz spectrum bands, domestic newspaper El Dia reports. The suspension was introduced as a precautionary measure, until a final judgement is made with regards to an appeal filed by local businessman Armando Bermudez, who claims that his company – Color Vision – has been authorised to use the frequencies in the 2150MHz-2198MHz spectrum band since 1984. According to the article, earlier this month Color Vision submitted an objection to Indotel, which was duly rejected.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, Indotel resumed the tender for awarding frequencies in the 900MHz, 1700MHz and 2100MHz spectrum bands at the beginning of April 2014, with its Resolution 016/14; the regulator initially sought to make the aforementioned frequencies available back in October 2011. The companies reportedly named as pre-qualified bidders are domestic cellcos Claro, owned by America Movil (AM), Trilogy Dominicana (Viva), a subsidiary of US-based Trilogy International Partners, and Orange Dominicana, which was recently acquired by investment fund Altice Group of Luxembourg.