Costa Rican telecom remulator Sutel has initiated a mobile spectrum bidding process, soliciting public comments and views on the potential bankruptcy process, amount of spectrum needed, band deadlines and applications.
It also includes questions about the development of private mobile networks.
The 2027 Communications Development Plan identified bands to be allocated in 2023 and 2024, including those for 5G. 700MHz band 90MHz, 2,300MHz band 100MHz, 2,600MHz band 190MHz, 3,300-3,400MHz band 100MHz, 3,500MHz band 200MHz, 26GHz band 1,200MHz, 28GHz band 2,000MHz band.
The 2,600MHz and 3,500MHz bands are subject to the restoration process. In September 2022, the government and state-owned company ICE reached an agreement for the return of spectrum in the 3,400MHz to 3,500MHz and 3,600MHz to 3,625MHz bands.
At the time, 5G tenders were expected to begin within 18 months.
The public consultation will be open for 10 days and will be accessible on Sutel’s website.
ICE and the University of Costa Rica conducted the first 5G proof of concept, reaching 1,000Mbps.
The proof of concept will be conducted at ICE’s headquarters in San Pedro de Montes de Oca.
ICE, which maintains a portion of the spectrum in the 3.5GHz band to provide 5G services, received a Letter of Interest from the U.S. Export-Import Bank in November for a US$300 million 5G project credit line.