Costa Rica’s Deputy Minister of Telecommunications Emilio Arias has set the ball rolling for the auction of 70MHz of mobile spectrum that went unsold back in January 2011, El Financiero reports. The minister has signed an order instructing the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) to commence the auction process, which will see 40MHz of 1800MHz spectrum and 30MHz in the 1900MHz/2100MHz band go under the hammer. The wireless market’s two smaller network operators, Telefonica-owned Movistar and America Movil’s local unit Claro, are expected to compete in the auction, while market leader Kolbi (Grupo ICE) previously declared that it does not intend to participate.
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