Anatel to launch public consultation on Band H auction and MVNO rules

21 Dec 2009

Brazil’s national telecoms regulator Anatel is launching a public consultation on the award of the country’s final 3G licence, known locally as Band H, in the 1900MHz-2100MHz band, as well as to discuss a framework for the creation of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs), local reports say. The consultation for both projects begins tomorrow (22 December): discussions on the Band H auction will last 63 days and will close on 22 February 2010, while the MVNO consult will run for 90 days taking it to 21 March.

The so-called Band H spectrum comprises a total of 20MHz, or 10MHz each in the 1945MHz-1955MHz and 2135MHz-2145MHz bands, and is to be assigned to new operators only, the watchdog said. ‘Having a new entrant to the market will stimulate competition, better quality and lower prices,’ Anatel board member Emilia Ribeiro is quoted as saying. In addition, the watchdog is also currently considering two different MVNO models, one of which proposes to license large supermarket chains to offer MVNO products.