Brazil airwaves auction raises USD132m

7 Dec 2011

Brazilian telecoms regulator Anatel has raised a total of BRL237.8 million (USD132 million) through the government’s auction of additional spectrum for wireless services, with TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil), Tele Norte Leste Participacoes (TNL), Telecom Americas (Claro) and Sercomtel Celular each gaining more airwaves. Telecom Italia-backed TIM Brasil purchased a total of nine blocks of spectrum in the 1800MHz band for BRL109.3 million, while TNL – which markets services under the Oi banner – acquired four lots of 1800MHz spectrum for BRL110.6 million. America Movil’s Claro unit paid BRL14.5 million for one lot in the 800MHz band and Sercomtel Celular spent BRL3.03 million for one block in the 1800MHz band, Anatel said. The government auction comprised mobile spectrum left over from previous tenders and will help the cellcos to improve their network capacity amid rising demand for data bandwidth hungry mobile internet services.