Telecoms regulator Conatel has confirmed that it has awarded additional spectrum to Venezuelan cellcos Movilnet, Movistar and Digitel. The exact frequencies from within the 1800MHz and 1900MHz bands were not announced. The additional spectrum will help the three operators to expand and upgrade their mobile broadband services nationwide. The trio have all deployed HSPA-based networks in cities across the country, whilst Digitel holds ambitions to utilise 1800MHz band frequencies in the near future to roll out LTE services. According to data from Conatel, mobile broadband subscriptions stood at 1.32 million at 30 June 2012, up 21.1% year-on-year.