Brazil’s telecoms regulator Anatel has set 18 September 2007 as the deadline for bids for companies wishing to take part in its upcoming auction of mobile licences. The watchdog told BNamericas it has not set a date for announcing licence winners but expects to conclude the auction process by early 2008. It is understood that 20 operators including Telecom Americas (Claro), TIM Brasil, Telemig, Brasil Telecom and Vivo have purchased the bidding rules for the latest batch of cellular licences.
The regulator intends to auction 105 blocks of spectrum across 28 service areas in the country. The spectrum is reserved for 2G mobile services and can be utilised either to augment an operator’s existing service, or to enable a newcomer to enter the arena. Prices for each concession are dependent upon the service area in question. The minimum bid for the less lucrative Mato Grosso do Sul municipality of Paranaíba – where two blocks are on offer – starts at BRL9,300 (USD4,896), rising to BRL106 million in one of the more sought after areas.