15 February 2018
| James Pearce
Digicel has won a block of 700MHz spectrum in Panama after approval from the National Public Services Authority.
The operator is due to pay $22.5 million for 2×10MHz
blocks of 700MHz spectrum in the 738MHz-748MHz/793MHz-803MHz
bands, and the frequencies must be put in use within the next
The decision was approved by Cabinet Resolution No. 142
(dated 13 November 2017) and green-lit by the regulator late
The spectrum was awarded after Digicel triggered a clause
that made up part of a concession contract in 2008 to obtain
further spectrum if needed. The clause was part of
Panama’s National Frequency Allocation plan, said
The request was approved in November 2017, one month after
Digicel submitted the petition, with information on technical
and legal details.
Digicel Panam launched operations in 2008, followed by
America Movil's Claro unit in 2009, ending a long-standing
duopoly of incumbent Cable & Wireless Panam and
According to a report from Research and Markets, telecom
revenue in Panama has broached $1 billion during the last few
years, and continues to increase steadily, with mobile services
and broadband being the fastest growing sectors.
The mobile sector has also flourished in recent years, and
the popularity of customers having multiple SIM cards has
pushed mobile penetration rates above 174%, considerably higher
than the regional average, its report on the Central American
country said last year.
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