Argentina plans to auction mobile spectrum suitable for the provision of 4G services next year, Dow Jones Newswires cites Planning Minister Julio de Vido as saying in an interview with television channel C5N. The move is expected to help the country’s mobile operators to meet the growing demand for data services from consumers, although the government will probably retain an ‘important’ quantity of that spectrum, de Vido stated. In September the government announced that it had called off a much-delayed auction of 3G spectrum, as only one bidder – America Movil-owned Claro – had met the financial requirements of the tender. Instead, the spectrum was handed to state-owned satellite and telecoms operator Arsat, which will operate almost 25% of the country’s 3G frequencies and is expected to use the spectrum in partnership with small- and medium-sized companies and local cooperatives to provide services in rural areas. De Vido noted that Arsat’s eventual entry in the wireless market and the planned 4G spectrum auction should resolve complaints from consumers about poor service quality.