Sector watchdog the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) has announced plans to auction a combined total of 70MHz of spectrum in the 1800MHz and 1900MHz/2100MHz bands. The sale will feature seven 2×5MHz blocks, and is intended to address the issue of spectrum concentration – state-owned incumbent Kolbi is understood to be barred from participating due to the extent of its existing spectrum holdings – and allow operators to improve service quality for customers. In a statement, Sutel Chairman Manuel Emilio Gutierrez Ruiz explained: ‘The radio spectrum that will be made available in this auction will enable an increase in capacity for the country’s mobile telephony and data networks … or the eventual incorporation of new operators to the market.’ The official also added that the winners of the auction would be required to meet certain quality of service objectives. Interested parties have until 13 February 2017 to submit their applications.
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