Government preparing for spectrum auction in two years

25 Jan 2006

The Ecuadorian government is planning to hire an investment bank to determine the value of the licences and frequency allocations currently held by mobile operators Conecel (Porta Celular) and Movistar, according to BNamericas. The two providers’ 15-year concessions expire in two years time, and the state must decide whether to renew the contracts or hold an international auction. Industry regulator Senatel plans to have the bidding terms and conditions ready by February. The government will then hold talks with both cellcos between March and May in order to determine if they will be allowed to renew their mobile contracts without a licence auction.