Anatel launches 3G consultation

14 Jul 2006

Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel has launched a public consultation on the proposed frequency bands to be used for 3G services. The watchdog has set a deadline of 25 August to receive comments on its plans to auction spectrum licences in the 800MHz, 900MHz, 1800MHz, 1900MHz and 2100MHz bands in 2007. The regulator’s plans were meant to have been unveiled last month, but their ratification was delayed until after Plínio de Aguiar was appointed as Anatel’s new president on 7 July. According to BNamericas, Anatel’s José Leite Pereira says that the regulator will also auction two second generation licences for mobile services before the end of 2006. The new 2G/3G tenders will nearly double Brazil’s mobile telephony spectrum from 180MHz to 355MHz, Pereira said.