The GSMA has published “Effective Spectrum Pricing in Latin America”. This report takes a closer look at spectrum policies in Latin America. How they are impacting the delivery of mobile services to consumers and businesses in the region.
The report is based on spectrum pricing trends in 15 countries. It underscores how decisions made by governments and regulators can have a negative impact on the quality and cost of mobile broadband services. The report also makes policy recommendations that aim to help countries make the most of their spectrum resources.
To improve the situation, the report makes four key policy recommendations:
1. Set modest reserve prices
2. Bring spectrum to market in a timely manner
3. Avoid onerous licence conditions
4. Adopt best practice in award design
The full report talks more about why these recommendations make sense. But the advice that binds all these together is prioritising long-term benefits, rather than driving up the cost of spectrum for short-term gain.
Finally, the full report can be downloaded here in Spanish and here in English. There is also a summary available here in Spanish and here in Portuguese. The GSMA’s other reports on spectrum pricing can be found here.