Costa Rica’s Ministry of Science, Technology and Telecommunications (Ministerio de Ciencia, Tecnologia y Telecomunicaciones, MICITT) has formally instructed the Superintendency of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, Sutel) to initiate the country’s 5G auction process. The decision was included in the Official Gazette on 2 May 2023, via Executive Agreement No. 031-2023-TEL-MICITT.

Sutel is in charge of staging a public consultation, establishing eligible bidders and running the tender process. While the 5G auction will chiefly comprise spectrum in the 3.5GHz band, frequencies in the 2600MHz band may also be included. The auction is earmarked to take place in the second half of 2023.

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