Brazilian mobile operator Unicel do Brasil Telecomunicacoes (Unicel) has been awarded a licence to operate in the 900MHz band, writes BNamericas citing local press reports. Unicel paid BRL15 million (USD8.23 million) for two blocks of 2.5MHz of spectrum authorising it to provide services in 63 municipalities of Sao Paolo. The award adds to the operator’s existing portfolio of 30MHz of bandwidth in the 1800MHz band. The cellco will use the new spectrum to offer customers better coverage in rural areas and enclosed zones such as in airports and shopping malls. The operating costs for 900MHz systems are more cost effective here as the frequency band requires fewer antennas than its 1800MHz counterpart. Unicel will compete with Vivo, TIM Brasil and Oi in Sao Paulo.