Anatel confirms plans for more wireless auctions in 2012

9 Dec 2011

Joao Batista de Rezende, the president of Brazil’s national telecoms regulator Anatel, says the country is preparing to launch three separate auctions of wireless spectrum next year, to meet rising demand for data hungry mobile phone services. Bloomberg quotes Rezende as saying that the country’s leading players are already lining up to participate. Telefonica Brazil (incl Telesp), which is backed by Spain’s Telefonica, and America Movil’s local unit Telecom Americas (Claro) are expected to submit bids for 2500MHz spectrum to offer 4G services. That auction, along with the tender for 450MHz spectrum to provide rural coverage, will take place in April, he said. The president added that Telecom Italia’s TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) unit, Tele Norte Leste Participacoes (TNL, branded Oi), NII Holdings’ Nextel Brazil business and Vivendi-backed Global Village Telecom (GVT) are all likely to contest the right to offer 4G services.

According to Rezende: ‘The Brazilian market will guarantee return on investment … From the conversations I’m having, nobody is going to miss out on this kind of spectrum, because that would mean missing out on the fourth generation,’ technology vital for the delivery of advanced ultra-high speed mobile internet connections.

Meanwhile, the Anatel supremo also confirmed that the watchdog is planning an auction of 3.5GHz spectrum in the second half of 2012, which will be capable of supporting a wide range of communications, including voice, data and video. ‘It strengthens the data-transmission infrastructure [capability] of the big companies,’ Rezende said.