Contraloría orders changes in mobile phone bidding

The Contraloría General de la República has found fault with the proposed bidding documents for private telecom services.

The agency accepted the complaints of three firms, Cable & Wireless Costa Rica S.A., Claro CR Telecomunicaciones S.A. and Centennial Towers SR S.A.

The findings are against the Superintendencia de Telecomunicaciones, which is handling the auction of the radio spectrum.

The complaints were technical and involved the awarding of microwave bandwidth and interconnections.

The Superintendencia said that such disputes were common with such procedures and said its experts would study the Contraloría decision and perhaps modify the timetable for the auction. The agency will award three sets of bandwidths to three firms. They will compete with the existing Instituto Costarricense de Electricidad.

For the consumers, the dispute might lengthen the bidding process and put off access to private cell phone service longer. The Sala IV has ordered the Superintendencia to speed up the process.

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