Auctions for LTE spectrum in the 2.6GHz band will be a job for the government of president-elect Sebastian Pinera who takes charge on 11 March, writes BNamericas citing Pablo Bello, head of Chile’s telecoms regulator Subtel. Speaking at a demonstration of LTE technology provided by Swedish telecoms equipment supplier Ericsson for local mobile operator Entel PCS, Bello said spectrum in the 2.6GHz and 700MHz bands had been freed up, with the former being the first to be auctioned. The regulatory head said 140MHz (70MHz for upload and 70MHz for download) is available, meaning that theoretically up to four operators could acquire LTE spectrum.
As regards 700MHz, Chile is likely to hold off and observe how this band is used for LTE in Asia, where the whole of the band may be used, unlike the US where only a portion of it can be used. Entel started testing LTE in December last year.