Chile’s anti-trust tribunal has ruled that existing mobile network operators may participate in bidding for a new 3G frequency block, but that the process should facilitate the entry of new competitors. The telecoms regulator Subtel asked the tribunal last year for its opinion on whether current providers should be allowed to participate in bidding for a 45MHz block of frequencies. ‘According to anti-trust regulations … it is not necessary to exclude the participation of current concession holders … which means they may participate if they meet applicable norms,’ the tribunal said. A tender is likely to be held in 2009.
The competition watchdog also ruled in favour of mobile telecoms providers allowing clients to take their numbers with them when they change providers.