The Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel will reportedly auction off the country’s so-called H Band for 3G mobile services in June 2010, local paper Estado newswire reports. One company already in contention for the spectrum on offer is Nextel Telecomunicacoes, whose vice president Alfredo Ferrari is quoted as saying the firm is in it to win as ‘Brazil is a gold mine’ for wireless, broadband cellphone services. Around 44 concessions are expected to be auctioned with starting bids expected to be around BRL2.8 billion (USD1.5 billion).
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, 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 has said. Speaking in December last year Anatel board member Emilia Ribeiro was quoted as saying: ‘Having a new entrant to the market will stimulate competition, better quality and lower prices.’ 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.