Bolivia spectrum sale expected in 1Q 2013

7 Jan 2013

The Bolivian government will auction off a wide range of spectrum in the early part of this year, with details of the frequencies expected to be offered detailed in a bidding schedule published by local telecoms regulator La Autoridad de Telecomunicaciones y Transportes (ATT).

Spectrum in the 700MHz, 1500MHz/1600MHz, 1700MHz/2100MHz and 1900MHz bands will be offered up for sale on a nationwide basis, although the document has not detailed how much spectrum in each block will be made available, nor does it confirm whether the licences will be technology neutral. In addition to the aforementioned frequencies, the ATT’s document also notes that spectrum in the 900MHz, 2.5GHz and 5.2GHz bands will be offered, although only on a more limited geographic basis. As per the documentation, spectrum in the 2.5GHZ band will only be offered in the city of Oruro, while 5.2GHz frequencies will be limited to the cities of Cobija and La Paz, and 900MHz spectrum will be limited to a total of 15 localities, including Puerto Suarez, Puerto Quijarro and San Jose.