Anatel says no to 1900MHz band

11 Apr 2003

Brazilian regulator Anatel yesterday denied applications from fixed line telco Brasil Telecom and mobile licensee Vésper to enter the mobile market via their 1900MHz CDMA licences. Vésper, which spent USD84.4 million on three mobile concessions last November, had assumed that the regulator would allow it use the licences on its CDMA 1900MHz network as a ‘secondary’ option on top of fixed wireless services, while Brasil Telecom, which won three D-band licences in March 2001, was also hoping to extend its 1800MHz concessions to the 1900MHz band. In response to Anatel’s announcement, the CDMA Development Group (CDG) has sent a letter to the regulator, urging it to rethink the decision on the grounds that the market would benefit greatly from the use of CDMA. The CDG claims that Anatel is obliged to grant the two operators access to the 1900MHz band under regulation 314 of the Telecommunications Act.