Colombia’s Ministry of Information Technology and Communication (MinTIC) has launched a request for comments on the planned auction of 4G spectrum, suitable for the provision of Long Term Evolution (LTE) services. The auction will see the allocation of 225MHz of frequencies in the following bands: 1710MHz-1755MHz, 1850MHz-1990MHz, 2110MHz-2155MHz and 2500MHz-2690MHz. ICT minister Diego Molano Vega said that the auction was intended to encourage competition amongst incumbent providers and promote the entrance of new telcos into the market. Vega added that MinTIC would allocate up to 25% of the value of the auction back to operators to be used to encourage the uptake of wireless broadband services.
Incumbent cellcos Comunicacion Celular (Comcel), Telefonica Moviles Colombia (Movistar) and Colombia Movil (Tigo), and digital trunking operator Avantel have expressed an interest in the auction, as have US-based Nextel, and Brazil’s Oi.