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El Salvador: Competition watchdog makes room for newcomers

 |  October 21, 2013

El Salvador’s competition watchdog announced plans to reserve some spectrum in its upcoming auction for new market entrants, paving the way for incoming competition.

The regulator SC issued the recommendation that the nation’s telecommunications regulator Siget set-aside some of the spectrum. As a result of that request, the SC has also reportedly suggested that the auction be suspended.

The SC’s recommendation was reportedly in response to the telco regulator’s licensing conditions, with which the SC disagreed. Siget requested the opinion of the competition regulator earlier this month regarding potential effects of allocating the available spectrum to a single mobile operator; the SC found that the auction rules created significant barriers to entry for potential newcomers, and has therefore suggested changes that reserve spectrum to potential mobile market entrants.

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