Regulator assigns 900MHz, 1900MHz, 1700MHz/2100MHz spectrum

15 Mar 2013

Uruguay’s telecoms regulator, Unidad Reguladora de Servicios de Comunicaciones (URSEC), has awarded mobile spectrum to the country’s three wireless network operators, following a tender process for frequencies in the 900MHz, 1900MHz and 1700MHz/2100MHz bands. BNamericas reports that Movistar Uruguay, owned by Spanish telecoms group Telefonica, secured four 10MHz blocks of spectrum in the 1900MHz band (bidding USD8.002 million for each lot of paired spectrum), while America Movil-owned Claro won two blocks in the 1900MHz band (bidding USD7.6 million and USD7.55 million), as well as two 10MHz blocks of paired spectrum in the 1700MHz/2100MHz band for USD7.6 million apiece. Under the terms of the tender, each block of spectrum had a starting price of USD7.5 million, with licences valid for a period of 20 years. State-owned incumbent Antel did not participate in the tender, but will have to pay USD38 million for reserved spectrum, which includes one block of 10MHz in the 900MHz band and four lots in the 1700MHz/2100MHz band.