Subtel announces 4G tender

5 Dec 2011

Chilean telecoms watchdog, Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has announced the launch of a tender for frequencies in the 2.6GHz band to be used for the provision of 4G mobile services. Subtel is auctioning three 20MHz blocks in the following bands: 2505MHz-2525MHz, 2525MHz-2545MHz and 2545MHz-2565MHz, with a maximum of one block to be awarded to each applicant.

Undersecretary of telecommunications, Jorge Atton, said that the regulator was including new conditions to the competition, which will alter the way in which scores are decided and a winner established. Tender details are due to be released on 16 December. Regarding the allocation of points, Atton continued: ‘We set higher quality standards for services, measuring the actual coverage within homes and buildings; encourage infrastructure sharing that favours the entry of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and network usage by third parties. We reward shorter deployment times, favour deployment in the regions and ensure internet service in the 560 rural communities that currently have no connectivity.’

Chile, Department of Telecommunications (Subtel)