Brazilian telecoms group Oi (formerly Telemar) has won the first of 105 spectrum licences being auctioned off by the regulator Anatel. According to BNamericas, citing local daily Folha, the operator’s BRL80.6 million (USD43.3 million) bid for a licence covering Sao Paulo city, was successful, allowing Oi to compete against the country’s largest mobile operator Vivo in the most lucrative part of the latter’s coverage area. Oi also secured concessions in other parts of Sao Paulo state for BRL43.9 million, while Vivo won eight permits in Sao Paulo state and Sao Paulo city, as well as licences for parts of Rio de Janeiro, Espirito Santo, Minas Gerais, Parana and Santa Catarina states. BNamericas writes that Vivo began building out a GSM network this year but will use these latest licences to boost its traditional CDMA operation.
The regulator is auctioning a total of 105 blocks of spectrum distributed over 28 service areas and designated for 2G mobile services.