Entel bemoans lack of frequency

23 Oct 2007

BNamericas writes that Entel PCS is complaining that it needs more spectrum than the regulator is prepared to give, if it is to meet growth targets and launch 3G services. Citing local daily Diario Financiero, company sales manager Carlos Rodriguez was quoted as saying: ‘A 3G network needs investment, spectrum and frequency. They say that local operators have a lot of frequency, but that is between 55MHz and 60MHz, while in Europe they have 120MHz.’ Telecoms regulator Subtel plans to auction 45MHz of spectrum for 3G use next year, and is expected to assign 20MHz-30MHz to a new entrant and 5MHz-10MHz for each of the three existing mobile operators: Entel PCS, Movistar and Claro. Rodriguez said Entel needs at least 20MHz.

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