The Dominican Telecommunications Institute (Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones, Indotel) has announced plans to stage an auction of unused 700MHz frequencies. The tender will be launched in the coming months and the auction process is expected to conclude at the beginning of 2024. TeleGeography notes that the 700MHz frequencies were originally included in 2021’s 5G spectrum auction, alongside 3.5GHz airwaves, but failed to attract any bids. Nine 2×5MHz blocks of 700MHz spectrum were included in the original tender.

Other, as-yet-unspecified spectrum blocks could also go under the hammer, with the watchdog noting: ‘The administration … has focused on the reorganisation of disused radio spectrum, so that it can be used to improve the coverage of the services offered by the providers in the national territory … In the same sense, they have taken concrete measures, such as the closure of more than 50 stations that were operating illegally, the recovery of idle spectrum and the cleaning up of radio communication bands.’

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