Regulator sets October date for 3G bidding rules

16 Jul 2007

The Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel plans to publish bidding rules for its forthcoming auction of 3G mobile spectrum in October, reports BNamericas citing local newspaper Estado de S Paulo. Following a meeting of the Anatel board earlier this month, the industry regulator has now announced preliminary details of the auction process, which it expects to hold in November. Anatel will hold a public hearing on 17 July to discuss its plans and proposed amendments can be submitted up until 20 August. It is understood that UMTS services should be up and running by the second half of next year, with Anatel keen to ensure that operators provide coverage to the whole country – encompassing both rich and poor areas. Thus, a company wishing to bid for a licence in the lucrative São Paulo area will also have to commit to offering services in less well-off parts of the north and northeast of the country. In total, Anatel intends to issue four concessions in each of the country’s eleven licensing regions.