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.