Telecoms regulator SeCom has launched a tender to award spectrum in the 3.5GHz band for telecoms services in 300 cities, reports BNAmericas citing local newspaper La Nacion. The new spectrum will allow for the provision of wireless broadband and value added services as the watchdog seeks to boost competition in the country’s internet access market. SeCom has also launched a tender for licences in the 10.15GHz-10.65GHz band for data transfer services in 16 localities. It is the first time since 1998 that the government has awarded new spectrum. If only one operator responds to the tenders then it will receive the spectrum directly, otherwise if two or more operators express an interest SeCom says it will initiate a bidding process.