Brazil’s telecoms watchdog Anatel has revealed plans to conduct a tender for the sale of additional mobile spectrum, local press quote the regulator’s private services director Jarbas Valente as saying. It is understood Anatel intends to award a total of 150 licences including frequencies relinquished by Oi (Telemar) in the north of the country (Band A), spectrum that has never been allocated (Bands, D, E and H), 10MHz of spectrum for 3G services in the 900MHz band and a further 10MHz of spectrum for 3G in the 1800MHz band. BNamericas reports the auction is due to take place in December 2009 with contracts and licences set to be finalised in 2010.
Anatel offered 105 licences for 2G services in September 2007, but only secured the sale of 77 of them, which was sufficient for Vivo and Telecoms Americas (Claro) to reach nationwide coverage. Now Brazil’s mobile operators are interested in snapping up additional spectrum to avoid network congestion. The 2007 awards came with a stipulation that cellcos agree to provide mobile services in less profitable areas. Since then, Anatel has warned that future concessions awards would be tied to commitments requiring them to deploy backhaul infrastructure for broadband.