TELECOMMUNICATIONS


Panama has become a telecommunications hub for the Americas, which has not yet reached its full potential. All of the main fiber optic submarine cables pass through our Isthmus, and substantial investments in recent years in the area of call centers and telecommunications providers demonstrate that Panama’s strategic advantages have attracted important international players, such as Dell, Spherion, Global Crossing, Nortel, among others.

The telecommunications industry has generated, in the period from 2013 to 2015, an average gross revenue of US $ 1 trillion per year, directly. Telecommunication services are authorized by the National Authority of Public Services (ASEP) to be commercially exploited or for their own purposes, by 2016 more than 1,346 concessions were granted. Our attorneys have been advisers on a significant number of these and on derivative actions for their operations.

The basic telecommunications sector in Panama was deregulated as of January 2, 2003. The services open to competition are the following:

  • 101 LOCAL BASIC TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE
  • 102 NATIONAL BASIC TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE
  • 103 INTERNATIONAL BASIC TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE
  • 104 SERVICE OF PUBLIC AND SEMI-PUBLIC TERMINALS
  • 200 TELECOMMUNICATIONS TRANSPORTATION SERVICE
  • 201 SERVICE OF CONVENTIONAL TRONCAL SYSTEMS FOR PUBLIC OR PRIVATE USE
  • 202 FIXED AND MOBILE RADIOCOMMUNICATION SERVICE
  • 210 PERSONAL SEARCH SERVICE
  • 211 INTERNET SERVICE FOR PUBLIC USE
  • 212 FACSIMILE RETRANSMISSION SERVICE
  • 213 MARITIME MOBILE COMMUNICATION SERVICE
  • 214 AERONAUTICAL MOBILE COMMUNICATION SERVICE
  • 217 BAJA ÓRBITA SATELLITE TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICE
  • 218 LINK AND / OR TRANSPORTATION SERVICE FOR BROADCASTING OR TELEVISION STATIONS
  • 221 SERVICE OF PERMANENT OR OCCASIONAL TRANSMISSIONS OF RADIO OR TELEVISION SATELLITE.
  • 222 SATELLITE MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS SERVICE IN FIXED ORBITAL POSITION
  • 223 CENTERS OF CALL CENTERS FOR COMMERCIAL USE
  • 300 INTERACTIVE TELEVISION SERVICE WITH OR WITHOUT USING THE RADIO SPECTRUM
  • 400 AGGREGATE TELECOMMUNICATIONS VALUE SERVICE
  • 500 TELECOMMUNICATION SERVICES RESELLING SERVICE

 

Contact

María de Lourdes Marengo - mmarengo@pmalawyers.com
Nadya Price - nprice@pmalawyers.com
Khatiya Asvat - kasvat@pmalawyers.com