Guatemala’s Superintendence of Telecommunications (Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, SIT) has confirmed that plans are underway to auction unused frequencies in the 2.5GHz-2.6GHz range, after receiving a number of requests from local mobile operators Claro and Tigo. Indeed, Comunicaciones Celulares (as Claro is legally known) has applied for 34 of the available 48 regional spectrum blocks. In contrast, Telecomunicaciones de Guatemala (Tigo) has applied for just five blocks, with a focus on larger spectrum allocations.

In total 120MHz of spectrum will be distributed, with SIT boss Marco Antonio Baten Ruiz optimistic that the process will generate between USD30 million and USD50 million. The process could take between four and six months to complete, Mr Ruiz warned. Going forward, the reorganisation of the 700MHz band is said to be in its ‘final stages’, he added.

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