Subtel receives three proposals for LTE, Entel comes out on top

14 May 2012

Chilean telecoms regulator the Sub-Secretaria de Telecomunicaciones (Subtel) has received proposals from Movistar, Claro and Entel, applying for the three 2.6GHz Long Term Evolution (LTE) concessions on offer. Subtel awarded scores to each of the proposals, based on quality standards for services, coverage within homes and buildings, infrastructure sharing that favours the entry of mobile virtual network operators (MVNOs) and network usage by third parties. The allocation of points rewarded shorter deployment times and favoured deployment in the regions that ensures internet service in the 560 rural communities that currently have no connectivity. Entel’s proposal received the highest score, 99.06, followed closely by Claro (98.52) and Movistar (98.11). The appraisal of the trio’s proposals is the most recent part of an ongoing process, the next stage of which is a technical evaluation. As previously noted by CommsUpdate, Subtel is auctioning three 20MHz frequency blocks in the 2505MHz-2525MHz, 2525MHz-2545MHz and 2545MHz-2565MHz bands, but is also considering offering up spectrum in the 700MHz range for LTE services.