Telefonica eyeing 4G frequency bids in Brazil, Chile this year

27 Feb 2012

Telefonica is expected to bid for spectrum in Brazil and Chile this year as it seeks to roll out higher speed mobile networks with a view to meeting increased demand for mobile data services in Latin America. According to Bloomberg, the Spanish telecoms group is likely to seek frequencies that will allow it to deploy infrastructure using Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology, with Telefonica’s chief technology officer Enrique Blanco cited as saying of future plans: ‘We plan to bid for LTE radio frequencies in Chile and Brazil toward the second half this year’, while adding that the group would invest ‘all the money it needs’. Looking further ahead, following on from the likely Chile and Brazil spectrum bids, Telefonica has suggested it could seek to acquire 4G-suitable frequencies in LatAm countries such as Argentina, Uruguay, Mexico and Peru within 18 months, according to Ian Miller, Telefonica’s director for radio access networks.