Claro hints at consortium plan to bid for 1800MHz spectrum

21 Nov 2011

Brazilian mobile operator Telecom Americas (Claro) has confirmed that, working with fellow America Movil sister companies Net Servicos and Embratel, it is looking to create a consortium to bid on spare 1800MHz mobile spectrum in the regulator’s forthcoming auction, scheduled for 1 December 2011. According to the Brazilian portal Convergencia Digital, Claro’s administration council has approved the plan – which is understood to stipulate a minimum payment of USD33.7 million for the spectrum. Claro is currently testing Long Term Evolution (LTE) in Brazil using the 1800MHz band. Purchasing the additional frequencies would make a sensible move in such a situation. Furthermore, Claro is also keen to participate in the sale of 2500MHz band wireless spectrum, when that band is allocated in April 2012.